Person Centred Reviews

The Educational Psychology and Specialist Support (EPSS) service has been piloting Person Centred Reviews (PCRs) in Norfolk as part of a PCR project with very positive feedback from everyone who has been involved.

Person Centred Reviews are very successful in supporting Person Centred Planning (PCP) around a child or young person who has a special educational need or disability (SEND) because they share these core ideas:

  • Everyone has the right to be involved in decision-making processes that affect his/her life.
  • Everyone has the strength, ability and insight to make significant contributions to these decision-making processes.
  • Collaborative and co-produced action plans are more likely to be relevant, realistic and targeted, leading to the best outcomes for the child or young person.

Person Centred Reviews are a family friendly and effective way of bringing everyone together to identify needs and develop an action plan for a child or young person with SEND. 

The PCR provides good evidence of a graduated response to a child or young person’s needs as it demonstrates the ‘assess, plan, do, review’ process.

During 2017, the EPSS service will be training our EHCP coordinators to be facilitators of PCRs so that more children and families can benefit from this person centred approach to planning SEND support.

What is a Person Centred Review?

A Person Centred Review (PCR) brings people together to develop an action plan for a ‘focus person’. 

At the PCR…

  • A professional external to the setting will facilitate the PCR.
  • The focus person is directly involved in making decisions about their life.
  • The focus person is supported to reach their aspirations by supporters (eg parents, an advocate, a teacher).
  • The focus person’s own skills, values and choices are central and they have a sense of ownership and independence.
  • The meeting is inclusive (ie jargon-free, visual, interactive, preparation activities, choice of recording methods such as writing or drawing).
  • Power is shifted from professionals and services to the focus person.

What will happen before my child’s Person Centred Review?

  1. A convenient time and date for the meeting will be identified.
  2. You will be sent resources that will help you and your child prepare for the Person Centred Review. 
  3. A Person Centred Review Champion will be identified to ensure that your child is prepared for and supported throughout the PCR process.  This usually includes gathering their views before the PCR meeting.

Can I do anything to prepare my child?

  1. Use the resources we send you to prepare yourself and your child for the PCR.
  2. If you have a young child, view the short film available here.

What will happen after my child’s Person Centred Review?

  • The facilitator will take photos of the completed activities and collate this onto a child-friendly report.
  • This report will be distributed to those who attended and to those who it was agreed could also be sent a copy.
  • Agreed actions should be completed by those named as agreed and a review should take place at the time and date stipulated on the action plan.

How can I find out more?

Talk to your child’s setting about how they are making use of Person Centred Reviews and how they plan to develop them as part of their practice.