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Person Centred Plans

At the Deaf Academy, your child will create a Person Centred Plan, which unlike their Care Plan is purely driven by them, the student. Person Centred Plans (PCPs) are important documents as they highlight students’ life journeys so far and what dreams they may have for the future. Your child’s Key Worker, Tutor and Care Staff will work with them to compile their PCP and support them to plan out what is important to your child and how they would like to achieve their future goals.

When planning Person Centred Plans, your child will cover some of the following:

  • Relationships, both at home and at the Academy.
  • They will think about who they rely on; this could be family members, friends, professionals, next door neighbours or even pets!
  • What is important to them to help achieve their goals and dreams. This could be education, work experience, hobbies etc.
  • They can openly say what they like or dislike.
  • They can choose who they would like to help them achieve their PCP goals.

Your child’s PCP can be documented in any format they wish. It could be a powerpoint presentation, electronically stored in general, in a booklet or on a sheet of paper. They can add photos, drawings, notes - anything that they would like to help explain what is important to them. Your child’s Person Centred Plan can be as brief or as long as they like and even if they change their mind, they can change it at a later date. It is really important for our students to remember they own their PCPs.

Care Plans

Every student, no matter if they are in School or College will be given a Care Plan when they start at the Deaf Academy. Your child’s Care Plan is rather different to their Person Centred Plan in that it will contain personal information about your child, rather than just the targets that they have set themselves. Your child’s Care Plan has a preset format and is written by the Academy’s professionals who care for your child when they are a student here. It is a record of their health needs; any special requirements your child may have, dietary or otherwise, and any relevant information that may be required by those who care for them.  You can find out more about Care Plans here.