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