One Page Profiles

A one-page profile summarise an individual’s strengths, views, wishes and support needs. It can be used to promote understanding of a person and how best to support them in a wide range of contexts.

One-page profiles can be used to support a person centred approach for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) by sharing information between home, school and with other involved professionals.

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One-page profiles can be used in a variety of ways for example for pupils at SEN Support as part of an approach to information sharing and target setting, such as individual education plans. They are an essential part of  Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans and can be a key tool for annual reviews and times of transition.

The one-page profile format promoted by organisations such as Preparing for Adulthood and Helen Sanderson Associates captures all the important information about a person on a single sheet of paper under three simple headings:

  • what people admire and appreciate about me
  • what’s important to me  
  • how best to support me

Example one page profiles:

This version of a one-page profile has additional sections to ensure it also complies with the legal requirements of an EHC plan.

One-page profiles can be used in person centred planning and they support the principles set out in section 19 of the Children and Families Act and the SEND Code of Practice 0-25. The SEND Code states that; local authorities, and all other professionals working with children and young people with SEND, ‘must have regard to: 

  • the views, wishes and feelings of the child or young person, and the child’s parents
  • the importance of the child or young person, and the child’s parents, participating as fully as possible in decisions, and being provided with the information and support necessary to enable participation in those decisions
  • the need to support the child or young person, and the child’s parents, in order to facilitate the development of the child or young person and to help them achieve the best possible educational and other outcomes, preparing them effectively for adulthood

These principles are designed to support:

  • the participation of children, their parents and young people in decision- making
  • the early identification of children and young people’s needs and early intervention to support them
  • greater choice and control for young people and parents over support
  • collaboration between education, health and social care services to provide support
  • high quality provision to meet the needs of children and young people with SEN
  • a focus on inclusive practice and removing barriers to learning
  • successful preparation for adulthood, including independent living and employment.’

p19 SEND Code of Practice 0-25