Person Centered Planning and Support Services for Young People with Complex Needs

Education Health Care Plans – Making them Person Centred

Making Education Health Care Plans person centred is a legal requirement. We have many years experience in using person centred processes. We can train your team in the values, processes and skills needed to be meaningfully person centred.

Course Category

Person Centred Planning
Strategic Work
Visioning and Problem Solving


Education Health Care Plans and the accompanying SEND Code of Practice 2014 call upon Services to carry out the process in a person centred way. How will you and your team do this?

  • What will your requests for an EHCP look like?
  • Will you hold Person Centred Reviews?
  • Will young people have ‘One Page Plans’?
  • Would you like your team to really understand what being person centred means?

If so you need this training day for an introduction or more than one day for more in depth understanding of principles tools and processes.

Person centred planning is a way of expressing a set of inclusive values through a unique range of tools and techniques. The most commonly used person centred tools – Person Centred Reviews, MAPS and PATH – create a hands-on demonstration of these values in action.

All person centred planning tools and processes are driven by a commitment to achieve inclusive outcomes for the person whose plan it is, and the young people involved are always present throughout their planning session. The focus of all person centred approaches is the whole person irrespective of the label they carry. Two people, a process facilitator and a graphic facilitator, typically facilitate plans. The role of the support service staff in this work is as a facilitator not as an expert participant, problem solver, assessor or provider of consultation. MAPS and PATH are especially effective tools in planning transitions and annual review processes for young people with additional support needs and for through-care planning for young people who are looked after or accommodated. Over time person centred working will reveal areas of unmet need in current provision and thereby inform the ongoing strategic planning within any particular region.


“Thanks again for a superb day which from my perspective as Principal Educational Psychologist has been a real boost and uplifted my spirits about helping move the Educational Psychology Service forward as well as gaining greater insight and understanding of individual Educational Psychologists. Several EPs have said that they are planning to use MAPS and PATHS in their work and I will be joining them.”

Dr Michael Hymans, Principal Educational Psychologist, London 

Learning Objectives

  • To Explore the values underpinning person centred working
  • To show how person centred planning naturally captures young people’s strengths and capacities
  • A demonstration of how person centred planning encourages meaningful consultation and participation with young people (particularly for those who cannot make their views known in typical ways
  • To show how Person Centred Planning leads to the building of stronger parent/school partnerships
  • To indicate how person centred planning can promote multi-agency teamwork and shared responsibilities
  • To increase understanding the how of process and graphic facilitation in person centred work.

Who Is It For?

  • Teachers and School Staff
  • SENCOs
  • School Leadership Teams
  • Local Authority Teams
  • Education Services
  • Social Care Staff
  • Health Professionals
  • Transition Coordinators
  • Family Support Workers
  • Link Workers

Course Content

An introduction to the person centred planning tools and underpinning values – with live demonstrations of the tools and processes in action followed by real time coaching of facilitation skills. Links with current EHCP requirements will be made.

We would stress that this is an introductory day and that participants will be expected to make plans for their own follow up and further practice of the tools covered in the course of the day. Alternatively we can provide you with more extended training on request.

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Person Centred Planning using PATH and MAPS

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