As a parent carer you may wish to think about creating a one-page profile with your child. Or you could ask your child’s school if they use them.
A one-page profile is a simple summary of what is important to a child or young person and how they want to be supported. It can help them get more person-centred care and support to achieve their goals.
A one-page profile captures all the important information about a person on a single sheet of paper. Information is recorded under three or four simple headings, for example:
One-page profiles should only contain positive information and can be for anyone of any age from preschool to adult. They help those around a person to understand them better and know how best to support them.
The child or young person should be involved as much as possible in the development of the one-page profile.
Many young people with special educational needs and/or disability (SEND) use their one-page profile to help them communicate with new people. For example, they can take it to medical appointments or college interviews. They find it an effective way of communicating to new people about themselves.
They are also used at points of transition to help receiving settings develop a clear picture of the child or young person.
Use a blank one-page profile template or develop your own version.
In Norfolk, many schools have adapted the one-page profile into a document that contains information about a child’s strengths, interests and specific support needs. You may hear these called different names such as Pupil Passport or All About Me.
The Virtual School for SEND recommends that school versions should provide an accurate and honest summary of a child or young person’s strengths and difficulties and include:
At times of transition, additional headings such as ‘What I am looking forward to in my new setting’ and ‘What concerns me’ can be added.
In Norfolk, some settings are combining one-page profiles with learning passports. Learning passports also contain information about a child’s needs, the extra support they receive and their learning targets.