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What is One Planning?

One planning is how Essex describes a person centred approach to planning and assessment for children and young people with SEND.

One Planning is based on the principles that planning should start with the individual and must have regard to the views, wishes and feelings of the child, child's parents or young person, their aspirations, the outcomes they wish to seek and the support they need to achieve them (SEND Code of Practice: 0-25years, 2014, Section 9.21).

The principles of One Planning

  • focus on the child or young person as an individual (not their SEN label)
  • enable children and young people and their parents express their views, wishes and feelings
  • enable children and young people and their parents to be part of the decision-making process
  • be easy for children, young people and their parents or carers to understand, and use clear ordinary language and images rather than professional jargon
  • highlight the child or young person’s strengths and capabilities
  • enable the child or young person, and those who know them best, to say what they have done, what they are interested in and what outcomes they are seeking in the future
  • tailor support to the needs of the individual
  • organise assessments to minimise demands on families
  • bring together relevant professionals to discuss and agree together the overall approach, and deliver an outcomes-focused and co-ordinated plan for the child or young person and their parents

The approach is fundamental to the new arrangements for supporting children with SEND, and should apply to all children with SEND from the point of initial concern, throughout SEN Support and formal assessment phases. One Planning is a process that will evolve over time, but has specific characteristics, known as person-centred planning, as described in the Code of Practice (Section 9.22).

Who should be involved with One Planning?

Most importantly:

The child or young person that needs the support

Their friends and family

Anybody else who can give input into what the child/ young person likes, dislikes, what they are good at and what support they may need to fully participate in life (at home, school/ college/ work, to have fun )

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How do I start One Planning?

One Planning is a great process for bringing people & information together to support people in everyday life, it is especially helpful for children and young people with Special Educational Needs.

Think about:

  • What activities & environments the person likes/ dislikes at home, in learning, working, socialising & having fun?
  • Who is involved in the persons life and how could they be involved in collecting ideas/ solutions to support them

There are many useful ‘One Planning’ tools and resources to help Young People, parent/ carers and those working with children and young people with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability). Contact us for more information/ support.

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