View our new Local Offer BETA site (opens in a new window) and let us know what you think. email:


Person centred approach

A person centred approach (PCA) is an easy to use, person friendly way of working with children and young people.

PCA has grown in both profile and usage across Derbyshire's children's services in recent years. For the first time this has now been extended to all by using the Derbyshire Local Offer as a medium to reach everyone who has any dealings with children and young people.

Young people, parents and carers are increasingly using the PCA tools and directives as a means of communicating and recording who they are and who is involved with them. Amongst many other things designed to best to capture and record their views, they can be used to construct:

  • all about me booklets
  • tell it once information
  • personal profile passports
  • communication aids
  • young person and child friendly provision of information for assessments and person centred reviewing.

The positive play work sheets included are designed to aid dealing with difficult situations such a bereavement, drugs misuse, behaviour and relationship difficulties and includes a selection of reward systems.

PCA is aimed at children, young people and their families for them to use as well as for social workers, multi-agency teams, school staff, charities or any other staff who work with children and young people.

It helps empower children, young people and their families to put their wishes and feelings 'out there', equip staff with the tools needed to do person centred approaches in their job and is a means of sharing good practice across our services to staff, children, young people and the families they serve.