Safeguarding the future conference - Canberra, 23-24 May 2024

Roles Based Planning

This article was authored by Scott Ramsey and appeared in the SRV Journal. We recommend it as essential reading for anyone wishing to improve the experiences of a marginalised person.

What is Roles Based Planning?

Since its inception in 2002, Roles Based Planning has led to some of the best employment and social inclusion outcomes for adults with developmental disabilities in North America.

Scott Ramsey (2007). Roles Based Planning: A thoughtful approach to social inclusion and empowerment. The SRV Journal, 2(1), 4-12.

Roles Based Planning is an approach which applies both person-centred planning and Social Role Valorisation. It represents best practice for improving

  • social status
  • social inclusion
  • employment outcomes for marginalised populations.

What is the Roles Based Planning approach?

Roles Based Planning is a thoughtful means of personal planning that:

  1. Starts with the dreams and interests of each person
  2. Ensures each person has been provided with sufficient information and direct experience to make informed decisions about their future
  3. Applies critical thought to how each dream or interest can be pursued in ways that will help each person be seen as a valued, contributing citizen and optimize their opportunities for developing friendships
  4. Identifies and attempts to overcome the negative impacts of societal stereotypes upon people with disabilities
  5. Identifies and responds to each person’s most pressing needs and barriers to success as part of the planning process, and
  6. Shifts focus from filling time with activities to thoughtfully and thoroughly pursuing valued roles and relationships within the community.

Download Roles Based Planning: A Thoughtful Approach to Social Inclusion and Empowerment (191 KB)