Person Centred Support Resources

Person centred best practice documents, observation guides and checklists:

Doing an effective case review with a person with disability: A person-centred approach – Meltzer, A., Conway, P., Dowse, L., Dew, A. and Cooney, E. (2018). UNSW Sydney.

What does good look like? – This resource provides an overview of what good support looks like in services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism and provides a checklist for observations to indicate the extent to which a service is implementing person-centred approaches. Kent University, Tizard Centre.

Person Centred Guide for the South Australian Disability Service Sector –  (2017)

SEND Guidance: Person Centred Planning Toolkit – A comprehensive resources, covering a range of person centred tools (Oldham Council, UK).

What is a person centred approach? – A fact sheet by National Disability Practitioners (2016).

The Five Accomplishments – A guide for the development of personal vision. (From Implementing Person-Centered Planning by John O’Brien & Connie Lyle O’Brien, 1998).


Active Support

Active Support – An Essential Component of the Way We Work. This guide describes why active support is fundamental for all the people we support. It details the essential components and strategies that must be in place to ensure support is well-organised, effective and truly meeting the needs of the individual. (Developed by United Response UK and the Tizard Centre).

Positive Behaviour Support and Active Support – Esssential elements for achieving real change in services for people whose behaviour is described as challenging. Written by John Ockenden (United Response) with assistance from Bev Ashman (United Response), Julie Beadle-Brown (Tizard Centre, University of Kent) and Andrea Wiggins (The Avenues Group).

Every Moment Has Potential – A free online learning resource developed specifically for disability support workers. The resource provides an introduction to Person Centred Active Support – a way of working that enables everyone, no matter what their level of intellectual or physical disability, to make choices and participate in meaningful activities and social relationships.

A Guide to Good Group Homes – Explores what the research evidence tells us makes a difference in group homes, and to the lives of people who live in them (Centre or Applied Disability Research).


Strength based approach

Working with Strengths – A strengths-based approach (2012).