Additional learning needs: Decision-making process

2. What to expect in a person-centred meeting?

A person-centred meeting is a way of deciding if a child or young person has additional learning needs and what support they will require. The views of the child or young person are central to the discussion and any decisions made. This will focus on their aspirations, enhancing what’s working and changing what could be better. Person-centred meetings are good practice even when they are not formal review meetings.

A person-centred meeting should have a relaxed atmosphere, so that all contributors feel comfortable and that their opinion is valued. Everything is set out to be as informal as possible. One person will facilitate ensuring that everyone can contribute. Next steps must be agreed collaboratively.

People who support or work with the child or young person will be invited to the meeting. The child or young person can invite anyone they wish to attend.

Information to be shared:

  • What we like and admire about the child / young person
  • The aspirations of the child / young person
  • What’s important to
  • What’s important for
  • The best way to support
  • What works / could be better
  • Any questions to consider

Once all the information has been gathered, the organizer will ensure that person centred outcomes and support are agreed. Some of this information will be included in the learner's One Page Profile. 

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