One Page Profiles

Extracts taken from Helen Sanderson Associates Website


The purpose of a one-page profile and a person-centred description is to provide a summary of person-centred information that people in the person's life can use to either get to know them quickly, or ensure that they are providing consistent support in the way that the person wants. They are not the latest way to produce 'good paper', but by considering what is important to and for a person, and what good support looks like, they are a way to create actions that make a difference.


The one-page profile provides the information to use to base conversations about what is working and not working in the person's life. Even where someone is not supported by services, this information can still be important to record and share in this way. Learning what is important to and for someone can be recorded on one page to begin with. We call this a one-page profile. Usually, what is important for the person is framed as 'best support' or 'what we need to know or do to support the person'. A one-page profile typically has three sections: an appreciation about the person; what is important to that person from their perspective; and how to support them well.


A one-page profile can also be the beginning of a more detailed person-centred description. Once you have a one-page profile, each person-centred thinking tool used both leads to actions and further information which can be added, so that the document turns from being a one-page profile to being at least a couple of pages long (a person-centred description).


After each person-centred thinking tool is used, ask:


  • What does this tell us is important to the person?

  • What does it tell us about how to support the person well?

  • What clues does it give us about the person's gifts and contributions?


Then add this information to the original one-page profile which then starts to become a longer person-centred description. For example, using the relationship circle will lead to action by asking: 'What would it take to increase the number of people in the person's life?' Then: 'What do we need to do to start this?' The relationship circle will also provide information both on who is important to the person, and what staff will need to do to support the person around their relationships.


For further information please view the file shown below:


One Page Profiles Guide.pdf