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Our Co-Production Charter

Following feedback, we have reviewed our Co-Production Charter which has been re-launched on 17/11/20. The updated charter gives more detail about how we should work well together to ensure co-production is strong across our local area. Our Charter image 'The Hats' can be used as a simple guide to help discussions between families and professionals. Sign up to our Charter Pledge here or in the section below.

We will continue to review the charter so please let us have your comments by email

Our Charter has been co-produced with families, children, young people and health, care and education colleagues. The Charter has been designed to help anyone co-produce, whether you are new to it entirely, or have years of experience. The Charter is about the way we will all work well together to create a culture where we will:

  • Be Open and Honest
  • Actively Listen
  • Value the Lived Experiences
  • Do What Matters
  • Be Accountable and Responsive
  • Work Together
  • Be Respectful

Co-Production in Stockport

In Stockport, our vision is for all children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to have the best start in life. We want all children and young people to be happy, prepared for adulthood and able to achieve their goals. We want families to feel supported, confident, resilient and connected to their community.

Our SEND strategic priorities outline that we will work pro-actively and co-productively with parents, carers, young people and other partners to improve service planning, design, delivery and review and to ensure services are child, young people and family focused.

To strengthen our co-production locally, and in response to an area of weakness identified during our joint local area inspection in September 2018, a local, working definition of co-production was developed by parents, carers, education, health and social care colleagues and young people. Our definition in Stockport is:

Co-production happens when all voices are actively listened to from the start of the planning process. This involves a mutual respect for each other’s views, with an open and honest relationship that is transparent and continually evolving to achieve meaningful and positive outcomes.

Read more about our co-production work in the sections below.

Our Co-production Activity

Our Co-production Tree

Here is an outline of our co-production activity within the local area.

Date Activity Purpose and Who was Involved
Jul-20 Education Health & Care Plan action planning Co-design with parents/carers of action plan to improve performance against EHCP timeframes
Jul-20 Preparing for Adulthood Case study work with young person to explore positive experiences to improve future practice
Jul-20 SEND Champions - working well with schools Co-design of resources for support and signposting for parents/carers of children and young people with SEND with parents/carers and professionals and volunteers from across education, health and care
Jul-20 Co-production Webinar Co-delivery between SMBC, CCG, PACTS, NHSFT of webinar for parents/carers professionals to develop the co-production charter and series of events and activities for co-production week
Jul-20 Outcomes framework for chidren and young people webinar Co-delivery between SMBC, CCG and PACTS of webinar for parents/carers professionals to develop the outcomes framework and measures for children & young people
Aug-20 Autism training parent/carer involvement to co-design autism training offer
Aug-20 SEND Local Offer website Co-design of SEND Local Offer with young people
Aug-20 Thematic Analysis (case studies) Review Co-design and review of progress against thematic analysis improvement plan for SEND Improvement Journey
Aug-20 Levels of Need guidance for social workers Engagement with SEND Champions to improve content of Levels of Need documentation based on iThrive model for social care involvement with families
Sep-20 Dedicated Schools Grant Review Co-design of consultation and engagement plans and content for DSG review
Sep-20 Outcomes framework design / artwork Co-design by young people with SEND of graphic for outcomes framework
Sep-20 SEND Board Development Day Parent/carer membership of SEND Board to ensure strategic involvement and challenge in relation to SEND Improvement Journey
Sep-20 Preparing for Adulthood Strategic co-production with parent/carers to review the offer for young people
Sep-20 Escalation guides and champions checklist for parents/carers working with services and schools Co-design of processes for parents/carers with SEND champions including schools, parents/carers, professionals
Jul & Aug 20 Outcomes framework for chidren and young people Co-design of measures for chidren and young people's outcomes with schools, parents/carers, professionals
Monthly Co-production Workstream Parent/carer membership to ensure strategic involvement and challenge in relation to co-production work across local area
Monthly Early Help Board Parent/carer involvement to co-design early help strategy for parents/carers
Monthly Education Health & Care Plan Workstream Parent/carer membership to ensure strategic involvement and challenge in relation to EHCP work across local area
Monthly Involving Parents/Carers and young people in recruitment Co-design of recruitment guidance with parents/carers, young people
Monthly Joint Commissioning Workstream Parent/carer membership to ensure strategic involvement and challenge in relation to joint commissioning work across local area
Monthly SEND Board Parent/carer membership of SEND Board to ensure strategic involvement and challenge in relation to SEND Improvement Journey
Monthly SEND Local Offer Sub-group meeting Co-design of new SEND Local Offer website with parents/carers, SMBC, NHSCCG, NHSFT, PACTS, SENDIASS
Monthly  Parent Carer Forum Monthly meeting Local area agreement monthly monitoring to ensure ongoing parent carer strategic engagement in SEND Improvement Journey and support for parents/carers in the local area
Weekly Covid Comms / Schools Planning Weekly meetings with parent/carer forum and SENDIASS service to update/co-ordinate and represent parent/carer issues in relation to covid
Weekly Webinars Various webinars co-designed and co-delivered with parent/carer forum for parents/carers and professionals based on and to improve lived experiences and practice

Make your Co-Production Pledge

We are asking all settings, schools, colleges and services across Stockport to embed our co-production charter in their practice. This will give us all confidence that co-production is at the heart of everything we do. If you haven't already pledged to embed our Charter, please follow the link to sign up.

We will get in touch to talk about what support you might need.

See which schools/services have signed up to our Co-production Pledge

Below is a list of settings, schools and services who have signed up to our co-production pledge. If you can't see your school/setting on the list, or a service that supports you, why not encourage them to sign up!

Schools Services
Adswood Primary School Barnardo's Services across Greater Manchester (10 boroughs)
All Saints CE Primary, Marple Brinnington start well hub
Arden Primary School Brookfield House
Banks Lane Infant and Nursery School Children's Therapy Services, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
Bolshaw Primary School Corporate and Support Services
Bridge Hall Primary School CSS - Parking
Broadstone Hall Primary School Designated Clinical Officer- NHS Stockport CCG
Brookside Primary School Education Health & Care Plan (EHCP) Team
Cale Green Primary School Ethnic Diversity Service
Cheadle Catholic Infant School Infant Parent service 
Cheadle Catholic Junior School Learning Support Service
Dial Park Primary School Lowry House 
Etchells Primary School Parenting Team
Freshfield Nursery School Parents and Carers Together Stockport (PACTS)
Great Moor Infant School People
Hollywood Park Nursery School Safeguarding and Learning
Hursthead Junior School School Improvement Team
Ladybridge Primary School Seashell Trust Children's Residential Care Homes 
Ladybrook Primary School Seashell Trust Family Services Department
Lane End Primary School SEND and Inclusion
Marple Hall School SMBC - Workforce development manager 
Mellor Primary School Start Well Health Visiting and Early Years Teams 
Mersey Vale Primary School Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group
Moat House Pupil Referral Unit Stockport Family 
Moss Hey Primary School Stockport Family and Education Workforce Development Team 
Nevill Road Junior School Stockport Health Visiting Service
Oak Tree Primary School Stockport School Nursing Service 
Pownall Green Primary School Stockport Sensory Support Service
Queensgate Primary School The Proud Trust
Romiley Primary School Virtual School
St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School Youth Justice & Targeted Youth Support Services
St Christopher's Catholic Primary school
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
St Joseph's RC Primary School
St Mary's RC Primary Stockport
St Paul's CE Primary School
St Philip's Catholic Primary School
St Simon’s Catholic Primary School
St Thomas CE Primary School, Heaton Chapel
St Winifred’s RC Primary School
Stockport College (Trafford College Group)
Torkington Primary School
Vernon Park Primary School
Windlehurst School
Woodley Primary School

Co-Production Week 2020

Co-production Week England 2020 (6th - 10th July)

Co-production Week, started by SCIE (Social Care Institute for Excellence) in 2016, is about highlighting the benefits of working together positively. It is about sharing good practice, learning from one another, making connections, and emphasising the importance of fully involving people who use services and carers in developing better public services. With all the work going on within our SEND programme, we thought this year would be a start of many years to come where we celebrate, share and learn ways of good practice.

We have worked with a range of key partners such as our Parent Carer representatives and NHS colleagues to work up a schedule of webinars, information and activities for you to get involved in.

If you have an example of where co-production has worked well, please get in touch. Let’s think about how we could share this during National Co-production week.

Webinars from Co-Production Week 2020

Background to Co-Production in Stockport

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) undertook a joint local area special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) inspection between 24th and 28th September 2018. The inspectors identified five specific areas of significant weakness requiring the local area to produce a Written Statement of Action (WsoA) to explain how it was going to address this.

Click here to read the full written statement of action (WSOA)

Immediately, following inspection, Stockport put a plan in place to swiftly address identified deficits relating to co-production with our parent/carer community and this resulted in a series of engagement and participation activities. This was further enhanced as we recruited to the Strategic Participation Leader to further develop opportunities.

One of the main areas of development around progressing our approach to the WSOA, was the need to ensure that ‘co-production is the ‘golden thread’ running through all activity and tasks. As co-production was identified as a significant area of weakness, our strategies and actions must involve a broader span of parent, carers and young people in meaningful co-production and this key component of work is assigned to a unique workstream with the SEND programme. Our WSOA also stated that a core set of co-production principles (or values) would be agreed across the SEND community and a Co-Production Charter would be developed based upon the agreed values.

The co-production definition and charter were co-developed in 2019 and we continue to work with families, young people and professionals to develop this area of work.