Together achieving better decisions and brighter futures for Manchester families of children and young people aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)


Contact, the charity for families with disabled children, defines co-production as “about developing equal partnerships between the people who use services and their carers, and those who run them. It’s a subtle but effective methodology for engaging closely with the end-user from the beginning, on a basis of mutual respect. It can be used to overcome barriers, manage expectations and solve complex problems.”

According to the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), “co-production is about working in equal partnership with people using services, carers, families and citizens. Co-production offers the chance to transform social care and health provision to a model that offers people real choice and control.”

In March 2018, Manchester launched our own SEND Co-production Charter, which sets out how all the local partners will make better decisions for brighter futures for our children and young people with SEND.

You can learn more about co-production at:

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Below are some articles we published relating to co-production, including events co-produced with partners and opportunities for parents/carers to get involved.

Autism in Schools and Co-production

It's been a month since this year's National Co-production Week so we thought we'd take this opportunity to finally publish the well-articulated blog that Julie Hicklin, Manchester's SEND Lead, wrote about the Autism in Schools project. (Apologies for the delay!) Here it goes: Autism

Get Involved: Parent/Carer Workshop to Develop Training for a Residential Care Service

Hello everyone! I am a Clinical Psychologist who previously worked for the Clinical Service for Children with Disabilities in Manchester. I now work independently and would like to create some training for a residential care service for children with learning disabilities and/or autism. I

By |2023-02-10T14:28:59+00:00February 5th, 2023|Categories: Events, Get Involved|Tags: , , , , |

How to Get Involved with the Early Years Inclusion Project

Transforming Early Education for Children with SEND By Building Inclusion We are happy to announce that Manchester is one of the 30 local areas that are participating in the Dingley's Promise Early Years Inclusion programme. With the support of Comic Relief funding, Dingley’s Promise

Co-producing “Ordinarily Available Provision” in Primary Schools

Do you have a child with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) living in or who goes to a primary school in Manchester? Would you like to get involved in co-producing a document that helps ensure relevant and appropriate support is given to primary

Planning Session with Educational Psychologists

Following a planning session that we had with One Education (educational psychologists) and some parents & carers back in January, we have decided to have Anxiety-Based School Avoidance as the topic for one of the parent workshops that we will deliver this year. To

Update on Reform of Services for Children with Disabilities – Phase 1

Over the past few months, there has been an effort in Manchester to reform services for children with disabilities (CWD) and their families. As part of this wider reform, it has been proposed that the specialist social work services for CWD will be de-centralised from

By |2022-03-05T14:29:15+00:00March 5th, 2022|Categories: Information Sharing, Report|Tags: , , |

Co-designing the Outdoor Space at Lyndene House*

Lyndene House* is a new, innovative short breaks and outreach support service benefiting children & young people with autism and/or learning disabilities. The service would particularly benefit children & young people who are on the edge of care. We want a space that children

By |2021-12-07T19:49:38+00:00December 9th, 2021|Categories: |Tags: , , , |