One Page Profiles
A One Page Profile is an introduction to a person, capturing key information to assist in understanding and appreciating that young person’s world. It often reveals information that may not be gathered in more formal contexts. It is a simple but effective way of considering provision from the starting point of the child.
Person Centred Thinking
One Page Profiles are a person-centred thinking tool that provides a way of capturing the uniqueness of each child, and what motivates, interests or engages them in their daily life.
I am pleased that in my work as an independent SEND consultant, I have used One Page Personal Profiles since 2002, as a feature of assessment and as a means of engaging young people in the assessment process and providing greater understanding of the child’s thoughts and views.
There are however, differences in the interpretation of One Page Profiles –
- Are we exposing, verbatim in some instances, the thoughts and words of the young person, expressed through the security of one to one discussions with a familiar or empathetic adult?
- Or are we transposing thoughts and knowledge from the perspective of an adult with an intimate knowledge of the child?
Having read examples of One Page Profiles from both perspectives, I come down firmly in favour of Option A, accepting that in some instances it is not possible to gain first-hand the young person’s account of their life. Expressive language, learning difficulties or other needs may make that task impractical. It is in these contexts that
I see a real use for Version (b) of One Page Profiles.
The SEN Code of Practice (2014) & One Page Profiles
The draft new SEN Code of Practice (2014) refers to One Page Profiles and Person Centred Planning, a part of the personalisation agenda already established in health and social care. They may be seen as the tool whereby the principles of the Code of Practice are enshrined.
Local Authorities, in carrying out their functions under the (Children and Families Act) must have regard to
- The views, wishes and feelings of the child or young person, and their parents
- The importance of the child or young person, and their parents, participating as fully as possible in decisions... (C of P. 2.1)
“Children and young people with SEN have unique knowledge of their particular circumstances. They have aspirations and goals. They have views on what might be done to remove any barriers to their learning and participation. They should be supported to participate in decisions about their own life...” (C of P 2.2)
“This approach is often referred to as ‘person-centred planning’. Using this approach within a family context, educational settings, professionals and local authorities can ensure that parents, children and young people are genuinely involved in all aspects of planning and decision making.
Drawing up a one-page profile of the child or young person can help to ensure that those working with them and their parents have an accessible summary of the information about them, ensuring that EHC plans are developed with the child, young person and parents and reflect aspirational and achievable outcomes.” (C of P 3.2)
One Page Profiles as an addition to Assessment
There is a great deal of information that can be gathered through the One Page Profile that is an aid to, and addition to, formal assessment, whether that is by an Educational Psychologist, Specialist Support Teacher or other professional.
Under the SEND Reforms, information in the One Page Profiles will be increasingly significant in planning and meeting a young person’s needs. It is about considering a holistic approach to addressing needs that consider the outcomes and opportunities for that young person 24/7, not just between the hours of 9am and 3pm, Monday to Friday.
One Page Personal Profile – All About Daniel
See the link below for an example of a One Page Profile from HM Stack Consulting, which is in line with a person-centred planning approach.
In this One Page Profile about Daniel, a Year 5 pupil at a village primary school, Daniel raises (unprompted and unscripted) concerns about his personal safety and comfort in the school grounds, as well as underlying issues about his emotional health and well being – “it’s hard keeping myself happy.”
The One Page Profile in this context is a summary of much longer discussions and issues aired and raised. Some key points from these discussions will form a part of the assessment report, ensuring that Daniel’s voice is heard, not just through the Profile, but in the assessment report and recommendations.
The format for these One Page Profiles is always consistent –
|What does the child like, look forward to, enjoy, actively look forward to about each day, not just between the hours of 9am and 3pm, but each day of the week?|
|What hangs over the child like a black cloud, depresses their mood, makes them feel anxious or unhappy, or lowers their motivation and enthusiasm?|
|What is the child good at? Where do they feel confident and strong? What skills or interests do they have where they feel they excel above other children? What do others say they are good at?|
|What does the child find difficult, a challenge, a trial in day to day life, not just at school but in the home content? What aspects of their life are difficult for them?|
One Page Personal Profile – All About Adam
Follow this link to consider a second example - a Profile of Adam who lives in a rural setting and for whom, acquiring academic skills has been a challenge. His self esteem and self-identity is markedly poor, and he struggles to find anything good to say about himself, until he begins to talk about how he helps out at home.
For Adam, the daily ritual of school assemblies presents similar anxieties about his competencies, at the beginning of each school day –
“I don’t like assemblies and having prayers to write and then read out to everyone. It’s really hard because I don’t know what to write and I have to ask my friend. Sometimes when we’re doing prayers I can’t read the prayers. I’m not very clear when I speak. “
Thinking Points for Future Action
Using the two examples above as a starting point for exploring One Page Profiles -
- What does this tell you about these young people’s current educational experience?
- What information can be used as a starting point for an Education, Health & Care Plan?
- How can planning within school begin to address the needs expressed in the Profile?
- What information about these young people’s emotional and mental health and wellbeing does it reveal that may not be exposed through formal assessment alone?
- What can be done immediately to improve Daniel and Adam’s quality of life and well-being?
Resources & Useful Links
One Page Profiles.wordpress.com
A beautiful wordpress site full of stunning one page profiles and stories – follow the individual journeys of people who use services, families and staff across education, health and social care. An excellent resource bank.
SCIE – The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)
SCIE works to improve the lives of people who use care services by sharing knowledge about what works. They are an independent charity working with adults, families and children’s social care & social work services across the UK.
A specialist provider of a wide range of services for people with learning disabilities and people who experience autism. They are a not for profit organisation supporting around 3,500 people and their famiies throughout England and Wales.
Family Footings is a project for families of children with disabilities. We help families find a common language with professionals through person centred approaches. The project is co-ordinated by Family Footings Facilitators, parents co-producers and volunteers.
Use the resources and ideas here as a starting point for understanding more about One Page Profiles. If your child does not currently have one as part of their SEND provision (School Action, School Action Plus or Single Plan) ask about them at the next review meeting.