Developing person-centred outcomes

For many children and young people, and particularly those with special educational needs/disabilities (SEND), outcomes are often imposed on them by the services which support them. The same may be true for their families.

As a result, they may not engage with those outcomes, and may not be motivated to achieve them. By making sure that we support people to develop person-centred outcomes, we are increasing the likelihood that they will be able to achieve success. Developing person-centred outcomes is a basic principle of One Planning.

How can we develop person-centred outcomes?

  • Make sure we know what matters to the person. Using the One Planning tools and recording this in a One Page profile is a good starting point.
  • Make sure we understand how the person really feels about their current situation and what issues they want to address.
  • Agree on those issues that we will need to act upon as a priority.
  • Describe outcomes for each of the priorities by identifying what success would look like if we were to address the issue effectively.
  • Explore any obstacles that may be getting in our way of the outcomes being achieved.
  • Identify steps to address any obstacles, so that we can set targets and assign any necessary resources.

Some useful resources:

The four outcome areas: a short video, produced by Helen Sanderson Associates, outlining the importance of developing skills which eventually lead a child/young person towards employment, independent living, community inclusion and health.

Developing outcomes: a video, produced by Helen Sanderson Associates.