“Personal development” will mean different things to different people in line with the type of service they are receiving; for example, as ex-offenders, people with physical disabilities and/or learning disabilities, autism, sensory impairments, etc.

People in care homes and those receiving a domiciliary care service, particularly in supported living schemes and Shared Lives arrangements, will often need support with their personal development. The means by which a care service promotes the personal development of their service users should be reflected in their information packs for service users and in the job descriptions of the care staff, if they are expected to support people with their personal development.

Personal development should not be associated only with younger people’s needs. It applies to people of all ages as they progress through the whole course of their life. Care services will accordingly need to consider the personal development needs of their older service users as they would do of their younger service users, where suggested by their needs assessments and care plans.

This topic links to several other topics: Learning Disabilities, Education, Employment and Leisure, Supporting People with Autism, Dementia Care, Understanding Mental Health and Responding to Mental Health Needs.

There is clearly widespread concern about the adverse impacts on emotional health and wellbeing of the Covid-19 restrictions, particularly for people with existing mental health difficulties, learning disabilities and those on the autism spectrum. Care providers with the support of their commissioners and regulators are known to be exploring alternative ways of maintaining health and wellbeing, and, by implication personal development, using, for example, IT generated remote learning methods.

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