My life, my support, my choice: a vision for person-centred co-ordinated care for children and young people with complex lives

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Developed through work with young people and organisations working with young people, their families and carers, My life, my support, my choice is one of four new branches of the Narrative for person centred coordinated care launched in 2013, and which has been adopted by many health and care organisations including NHS England as well as individual care providers.

It sets out how good, co-ordinated support looks to children and young people and provides a clear set of outcomes that commissioners and service providers should be working to.

Endorsed by the National Children’s Health and Wellbeing Partnership, it supports the implementation of the policy initiatives and legislation that are currently shaping services for children and young people, including The Care Act 2014 and The Children and Families Act 2014.

The key themes in the report can be summarised as follows, in words written from the point of view of children, young people and the people who are important to them:

  • "I am respected and listened to";
  • "I have choice and control";
  • "and at every stage I am supported to live a full independent life."

Further ‘I statements’ set out in more detail the things that are important to children and young people when accessing care and support from multiple agencies, such as:

  • "Adults around me do not make assumptions about what I can and cannot do."
  • "I consistently see the same team of people who work with me and get to know me."
  • "I am aware of the different types of support that are around me and how I can access them."
  • "I and the people who are important to me have a named professional, who coordinates all the support we need"

Other branches of the Narrative for person centred coordinated care include:

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