Person-centred planning has become synonymous with good practice and with transforming life opportunities for people. Its meaning appears self-explanatory with people leading their planning. However, implementation requires a deep understanding and commitment to change – something that challenges individuals and service providers alike. Throughout this chapter the term ‘person-centred planning and approaches’ will be used to [Page 194]describe the concept, whereas ‘person-centred thinking’ will describe the application of principles. Person-centred planning is about ‘getting a life’ and not just a service and to achieve this goal the process can be described as ‘ … a continual process of listening and learning about what is important to and for the person, now and in the future and in alliance with family and ...