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One Page Profiles (Descriptions)

Thanks to all those who have graciously shared the one page profiles/descriptions found below.  We will continue to add and vary them so you can see the differences in why people choose to develop them and how they use them.  Simply click on the person's name to view or download.  Find additional valuable information below the examples.


One Page Profiles (Descriptions) in Schools - UK Video



One Page Profiles (Descriptions)
Rachel This is an example of a 'one page profile' developed during a 'summer school scheme' in August 2007 where 4 young people developed their one page profiles. .doc 216kb 09/2007
Amanda P. This is an example of a 'one page profile' developed for a breast cancer survivor. .pdf 399kb 11/2007
Eleanor This is an example of a 'one page profile' developed for a breast cancer survivor. .pdf 441kb 11/2007
Amanda G. This is an example of a 'one page profile' developed for a breast cancer survivor. .pdf 413kb 11/2007

Shanni Plan

Shanni Staff Match

This 2+ page profile along with matching staff information is used to introduce Shanni to her new nanny as well as her play-group and nursery.







RealLifeOptions Tips on developing a "one page profile." .pdf 172kb 2012
Imagine, Act, and Succeed Tips on developing a "one page profile." .pdf 289kb 2012
Dimensions Guidance on developing a "one page profile." .pdf 187kb 2012
Imagine, Act, and Succeed Two pages of guidances on developing a "one page profile." .pdf 275kb 2012
Dimensions Tips on developing a "one page profile." .pdf 103kb 2012
Certitude A leadership plan for using "one page profiles." .pdf 274kb 2012
Mary Katherine

This is very powerful and very clear.  It shows another use for a short description.  While it does not follow the criteria for a one page profile, it does show how the idea can be adapted and used in ways that can be extremely helpful to the user.

.pdf 250kb 5/2011

The Learning Community for Person Centred Practices

One Page Profiles



There are lots of ways to share good person-centered information on one page, for example a one-page profile or description. This short paper describes the views of the Board on what they are, and are not, and the standards for one-page profiles. This information is particularly important for trainers and mentors who are supporting people to develop one-page profiles, so that we have a consistent approach and shared expectations about what ‘good’ looks like.



Where have they come from?


Laura had the first one-page profile in 2005 in the UK. She was 7 years old, and had moved into a new class, and her teacher was finding it difficult to get to know her. Her family did a shortened version of an Essential Lifestyle Plan on one page, because they did not think that the teacher would have time to read anything longer.


What are they?

One-page profiles are one page of person-centered information around three headings – an appreciation (for example – great things about me); what is important to me and how to support me (what you need to know or do to support me).

As we said at the beginning there are many ways to share person-centered information on a page, but if you want to call it a ‘one-page profile’ it will have these three headings and will not include:

  • Names and addresses of people
  • General information or introduction to the person
  • A list of likes and dislikes


What is the purpose of a one-page profile? How are they used?


A one-page profile can be used in three main ways:

  1. To share information about someone, for example in new situations or meeting new people, or at the front of the person’s records
  2. As the beginning of a more detailed person-centered description
  3. As the basis for action – going from a one-page profile to then ask what is working and not working from different perspectives and acting on this


We have examples of them being used with children as young as three months; with people at the end of their life. They are equally powerful with staff, and several organisations now expect staff to have one-page profiles.




What is core, and where you can use your judgment?


The three headings are core expectations of one-page profiles. You can call the Appreciation section whatever makes sense to the person (for example, like and admire, great things about me). The Board decided that using a heading about ‘introduction’ does not sufficiently convey appreciation.


Whilst these three headings are core, other headings can sometimes be helpful. For example

  • Michael Steinbruck includes ‘characteristics of people’ (matching) in one-page profiles for employment
  • Amanda George includes a history section where people have experienced cancer


You can add a further heading if that is useful in achieving the purpose of the one-page profile, if it is one of the headings that are used within Essential Lifestyle Planning, and person-centered planning for example:

  • Hopes for the future
  • How I communicate with you
  • Characteristics of people who best support me
  • My story/history



You can have one or many one-page profiles for different situations, depending on the purpose of the one-page profile.

People have got very creative in how one-page profiles are presented. This is down to your creativity and judgement based on what works for the person (as long as it does not compromise the readability of the profile)




More information:


Templates: Think and -  


Using them with teams and in organisations: ‘Using person-centered practices with team and organisations by Helen Sanderson, Mary Beth Lepkowsky with Michelle Livesley and Ruth Gorman.


Using one-page profiles in schools – Workbook and weblink


One page profiles in health and social care – Helen Sanderson and Jaimee Lewis (2012). A practical Guide to Delivering Personalisation. person-centered Practice in Health and Social Care.


Blogs featuring one-page profiles

Janes blog -

My blog-

Oxley Park - 


Video: One page profiles- personalisation


Voyage tips for developing your one-page profile


Voyage Guidance for one-page profiles



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