Person-Centred Planning (Dublin)

Person-Centred Planning (PCP) is a process that places the person, their life choices and wishes at the core of service development. Person-Centred Planning is grounded in a social model of disability and a strengths based approach. It was developed because people with disabilities often find it difficult to get the kinds of basic services, opportunities and experiences most people take for granted – and even when they do, they frequently find they are required to somehow fit into someone else’s idea of what that service, opportunity or experience should be like and how they should act, think or feel in relation to it (Howell et al, 2004 and Routledge and Gitsham, 2004.

A key feature of Person-Centred Planning is that it builds on the values of inclusion and looks at what support a person needs to be included and involved in their community.


Person-Centred Planning has 3 levels:

Level one can be described as the “Person-Centredness” of the organisation – the organisations values, attitudes and cultures. If this level is not solid enough, then any further work undertaken in the name of Person-Centred Planning may not be able to grow and flourish.

Level two is the “practice level”: this is where the values are put into practice through Person-Centred approaches in action.

Level three is “The Plan”: this needs to be supported by solid foundations.


The Person-Centred Planning training course will provide participants with an understanding of the importance of supporting people with disabilities to take part as much as possible in making decisions in relation to their care. It will also demonstrate to the participants the importance of searching for what is important to the person from their perspective and work on the process of drawing up and developing an individual plan around this.    


Course Outline

  • Person–Centredness
    • History of Person-Centred Planning
    • Benefits of Person-Centred Planning
    • Difference between Person-Centred Planning and traditional methods of planning
    • Guidance on drawing up the plan


  • Legislation
    • A Strategy for Equality (1996)
    • The health strategy: Quality and Fairness (2001)
    • The national mental health policy: A Vision for Change (2006)
    • The United Nations Convention on Individuals with Disabilities


  • Responsibilities of Parents and Carers
  • The Keyworker Role


Certification: Social Care Training Ireland certificate in Person-Centred Planning

Duration: Half day


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