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Person-centred practices

Person-centred practices are simple, effective and evidence-based practices to deliver personalisation.  They are embedded in UK policy, initially in Valuing People (2001)  and later in Putting People First: A Shared Vision and Commitment to the Transformation of Adult Social Care (2007).  Innovative schools and colleges are now exploring how person-centred practices can deliver truly personalised education.

Helen Sanderson Associates have been leading the development and implementation of person-centred practices in the UK over the last 15 years. They work with Real Life Options to support the organisation to use person-centred practices with people they support and develop as a person-centred organisation.

This website is a collaboration between Real Life Options, Helen Sanderson Associates, the International Learning Community for Person-Centred Practices and our partner schools and colleges.


Real Life Options is an innovative UK provider of support for people with disabilities. It funded this website, the film and direct support into two schools, as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations in 2012. Offering people flexible support, choice and freedom to find a constructive way forward, Real Life Options has particular experience, skills and expertise in supporting people with learning disabilities, autism and high support needs.  A not-for-profit organisation, Real Life Options’ purpose is to support people to make their own choices and live their own lives.


Helen Sanderson Associates are an international training and consultancy group dedicated to enabling people, schools, organisations and communities to use person-centred practices and deliver personalised services. Helen Sanderson was the UK Government’s expert advisor in person-centred practices.


The Learning Community for Person-Centred Practices is an international community of practitioners that shares learning related to person-centred thinking and planning. The Learning Community continues to develop and freely share training and other materials for this purpose. Helen Sanderson is Director Emeritus of the Learning Community.