Marion expresses my worst fears regarding person centred working with new EHCP processes across the UK and echoes just what I have noticed too….
The purpose of community circles is to bring people from a local community together to share their skills, talents, gifts and resources. This idea is based upon the premise that ALL of us need three things in our lives to make us happy and fulfilled: these are money, friendship and meaning. We believe that everyone needs community, everyone needs to be heard and everyone needs to have fun.
Becoming Visible – Brazil Conference – comparing inclusive and special education policies, practices and research in Brazil and the UK
I have recently returned back from Brazil. I went to São Carlos in the state of São Paulo in March 2015 to present my doctoral research at a conference. The conference was entitled,Becoming visible: comparing inclusive and special education policies, practices and research in Brazil and the UK. It was held over three days and was facilitated by two leading academics, one from Brazil and one from the UK. A team of four academic mentors, two from Brazil and two from the UK provided additional facilitation and led a series of ‘break out’ workshops. The project itself was funded by the British Council, São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and Newton Fund.
Exploring person-centred planning
To celebrate our one-year anniversary we are delighted to feature our recent conversation with Colin Newton – one of the UK’s leading inclusion pioneers. Colin’s interest in this area was sparked by a lecture tour that he helped to organise in the mid-90s. As part of that programme, he brushed shoulders with two of the world’s foremost inclusion gurus. Since then, he hasn’t looked back – writing and publishing many books on the subject and forming one of the country’s most respected inclusion companies.
You might be interested in a new branch of work that Inclusive Solutions have embarked upon.
We were recently approached by a Care Manager/Legal Firm acting on behalf of a very isolated, disabled young man aged 19 years. His life had become very enclosed and destructive he had lost confidence, social skills and was not accessing education.
A skilled facilitator is able to:
- Maintain high levels of interest and attention within a group
- Steer the group through an agreed process or agenda
- Deal successfully with conflict within the group
- Support consensus building
- Listen at a deeper level
Inclusive facilitators will warm to this new way of thinking and working readily; others will take a long time to unlearn the habits of a professional lifetime. Key questions to ask yourself when considering your own practice and how person centred it is must include the following:
WHAT MAKES PERSON-CENTRED PLANNING WITH MAPS AND PATH SO VERY DIFFERENT FROM OUR TRADITIONAL WAYS OF WORKING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES?
“Person-centred planning is an event, not a document”
Pete Ritchie (2002)
The term ‘person-centred planning’ was coined to distinguish this approach to planning from approaches that are framed by what services are typically available – so-called ‘service centred’ approaches. People’s lives are seen to be managed by the service system within service-centred planning, whereas within person-centred planning the individual is given as much choice and control as possible and this includes who comes to the planning meeting, where and when it is held and, crucially, that the young person whose meeting it is – is always present. The questions asked and the conversations that lie at the heart of MAPS and PATH go well beyond the mandate of any support service, school or statutory agency. So MAPS and PATH are not a substitute for an IEP, a Health Plan an ISP or any other type of service plan. What MAPS and PATH do is provide an overall direction for a person’s life, thus enabling particular services to see their role in supporting this. At the centre of PATH and MAPS is a vivid focus on the young person’s dream for the futureand what it would take to be travelling towards this. Bringing this dream into view on the graphic is the first step in in the PATH process. It is followed by a step that works backwards from the dream by asking the group to imagine what positive and possible milestones towards the dream could have been achieved within one year. The remainder of the steps within PATH are about the actions and the people that will be needed to make the desired changes. MAPS also puts the dream centre stage but has a variety of other steps and stages that lead to actions.
This thesis presents the findings of an exploration into the use of PATH (a person-centred planning tool) by Educational Psychologists (EPs) with pupils excluded from school and/or in Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) or Alternative Provision (AP) settings. This group attracts considerable government attention as they are reported to face poor outcomes and reintegration rates from PRU to mainstream school are low.
‘Has music technology made community music more accessible, more relevant and does it provide new aspirations for its providers and users. If so, How?’
Music Technology has been a vital tool in bringing people together since the birth of the gramophone in the early 20th century, which allowed families to gather round and listen to a record before Television was invented.
Hip-hop was a huge movement that was born because of the lack of traditional musical knowledge in the urban areas of New York in the late 70’s. People got access to microphones, drum machines, samplers and turntables and started their own thing, rather than playing guitars like the rest of the nation.
Beat it – provides new aspirations for young disabled people in and around Leeds, by giving them a stage, inviting them to join their band, and teaching them how to play instruments.