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Person centred practice and a Trauma Informed Approach

So far you have considered the importance of relationships and ethics of care. In this section you will learn about person centred approaches and a trauma informed approach. 

Person-centred care is a way of thinking and doing things that sees the people using health and social services as equal partners in planning, developing and monitoring care to make sure it meets their needs. This means putting people and their families at the centre of decisions and seeing them as experts, working alongside professionals to get the best outcome. 

In the past, people were expected to fit in with the routines and practices that health and social services felt were most appropriate. But in order to be person-centred, services need to change to be more flexible to meet people’s needs in a manner that is best for them. This involves working with people and their families to find the best way to provide their care. 

Use this document to help you develop your understanding of person-centred practice. 

In order to develop person-centred practice, there needs to be an understanding of the persons experiences, including any adverse experiences. 

Watch this video and make some notes about the adverse experiences in childhood can affect people.


Now you understand what person-centred practice is and how adverse childhood experiences can affect people. You can explore the role of understanding trauma. 

Trauma informed practice

Reflect upon how you can develop trauma informed practice. What changes can you make to your practice? 

  • How might you recognise trauma in your people you work with?  
  • How can you prevent re-traumatisation? 
  • How can you apply the 6 principles to your practice?