Top Tips for Support Planning Meetings
Support Planning Meetings are when people like your teachers, parents or carers and support workers meet to plan your support.
So, if you want to, you can attend your Support Planning Meetings.
Here are our top tips if you are attending your Support Planning Meeting:
Make yourself comfortable
The adults who have organised your Planning Support Meeting should let you sit where you want and next to whoever you want.
If you are joining the meeting online on a video call you can be on screen if you want to. But, if you feel more comfortable with your camera off then that is fine. If you don’t feel comfortable speaking, you can mute your microphone. Instead, you can use the chat function to type the things that you would like to say.
If you are unsure about something, don’t be afraid to ask. The adults in your Support Planning Meeting should avoid using big words and ‘abbreviations’ or ‘acronyms’. This is when people shorten what they say and assume other people know what they mean. It’s a bit like when messaging and people say “IKR” , but they really mean “I know, right?”.
It is important that you understand what people are saying. The adults there should do everything they can to help make sure you do.
Feeling put on the spot
What if you have something you’d like to share, but feel put on the spot during a Support Planning Meeting? Well, there are other ways you can share what you think!
For example, you can ask to speak to someone you feel comfortable with on a 1-1 basis before or after the meeting. This could be an opportunity to share what you think with them. That person can then take what you’ve told them to the Support Planning Meeting on your behalf.
You can also write down what you think and give this to the person who is organising the meeting. This can be a good idea if you don’t feel comfortable speaking to anyone, but still want to have your say.
Feeling worried about “saying the wrong thing” or upsetting someone
When it comes to sharing your opinion about your support, there is no such thing as the wrong thing to say. Your opinions are valid and they are about how you feel. The adults at your Support Planning Meeting should take what you say seriously and encourage you to share your views.
If you are worried about sharing how you feel because of what someone else in the meeting (like a family member or teacher) might think, you have other options.
It’s natural to feel uncomfortable if you are asked certain questions or feel like you are in an awkward situation. You don’t have to answer any questions that you don’t want to.
You may feel more comfortable answering some questions outside of your Support Planning Meetings with an adult you trust. If so, then you should get the chance to do this.
My Rights, My Say
There is a service in Scotland called My Rights, My Say. They support children aged 12-15 to be involved in decisions about their support in school.
If you don’t feel like you are able to have your say at Support Planning Meetings then My Rights, My Say might be able to help!
My Rights, My Say can support you to make sure your voice is heard.
The service is:
Independent – this means that they are there to represent you and aren’t connected to your school or anyone else.
Confidential – this means that you have control over the views you share.
Easy to use – the people who work at My Rights, My Say are friendly. They are great at making sure you can share your views as comfortably and easily as possible.
Find out more about My Rights, My Say and how they can help you by visiting their website.
Want to find out more about Support Planning Meetings?
Then check out our FAQs on this page 🙂
Find out about your right to be involved in Support Planning Meetings and what to expect.
Find out more about how to use your voice and get involved in decisions about your learning and support.
Making a plan is an important part of making sure you get the right support. Find out more here.
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