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.

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: , , , |

Meet the Educational Psychologists: What They Do and How They Support SEND Processes

In this session, educational psychologists Abigail Sterne & Audrey Johnson from One Education will talk to parents and carers about the Education system for children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND), and how ed. psychs support SEND processes. Our aims are: To help

By |2021-09-17T17:49:06+01:00November 23rd, 2021|Categories: , |Tags: , , , |

Short Breaks Innovation Session

You are invited to a Short Breaks Innovation Session where Manchester City Council will be listening to parents and carers, to look at what’s working well and what we could do differently with regards to the Short Breaks offer in our city. Please note

Home-to-School Transport Issues

Over the past few months, we've heard from a number of parents and carers about issues they've encountered with regards to school transport. We raised your concerns, as well as a request to make public the home-to-school transport policy, to strategic contacts within Manchester

Working with Your Child During the Summer Holidays

In this workshop, educational psychologists, Abigail and Audrey, from One Education will give some information and tips about how to work with your child during the school break this summer.The session will tackle:Supporting learning through having funRoutines and activity planningTalking with your childTime for yourself

Co-production in Manchester 2021

Since the launch of the SEND Co-production Charter back in 2018, Please click this image to view the SEND Co-production Charter in full. Manchester has come quite a way towards building a co-productive culture across Education, Health, Social Care, and universal services across

By |2021-07-10T11:08:31+01:00July 9th, 2021|Categories: Celebration|Tags: , , |