Co-production Week this year ran from 3-7 July and is a key concept in the development of public services. The term Co-production describes working in partnership with people who use care and support services such as parents, carers and families. All parties involved are equal partners and co-creators. Co-production should be used to develop preventative, strength-based services, support assessment, shape the local care market, and plan information and advice services. For 2023, the eighth year running, the theme was ‘Co-production in the real world’. Steered by the Social Care Institute for Excellence you can find more information about them here https://www.scie.org.uk/co-production/week
This year, if you haven’t already seen on our pages, we shared an interesting blog by Cleo Lapidge “Co-Production in the real world in Worcestershire” https://www.scie.org.uk/co-production/blogs/cpw-worcestershire-childrens?fbclid=IwAR21DPG8fG21VnYAUsRHhrynKTzeCPZqrCJj4-j8zAcwHi6gx3PWhoaJJZE
FiP actively encourages and supports parents and young people to co-produce and participate in the decisions relating to their SEND needs. A current example is the launch of the Worcestershire County Council Co-production eLearning Module. Initially raised by FiP as something all staff need to utilise in their day to day working practice, we worked alongside WCF, SENDIASS and H&W ICS to create the module.
You will find other examples of co-production in this page such as the Parent Carer Engagement Toolkit and the DFN Internship program.
The concept of co-production has not changed and the content of these two films are as relevant today as they were when they were produced.