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Working together to get it right in Blackburn with Darwen

On the 30th January 2018 colleagues across education, early years, children’s & adult’s social care, neighbourhood services, health partners and parents and carers all came together to take part in a co-production training session.

What is co-production?

Co-production is when service providers work well together with families and other providers to make decisions and come up with ideas to make services better for people locally. To be successful everyone taking part needs to be involved right from the beginning and through to the end when planning , delivering and checking how well services are doing.

Children and young people with SEND, and their families, should be at the heart of any SEND co-production activities.

What was the training for?

This fun and upbeat session was designed to raise awareness of the Council’s and its partners responsibility to involve families in developing services and important decision making. It also gave the people attending lots of ideas on how families and services can work together to do this best.

Everyone fed back that they had really enjoyed the day. Staff said that they had really learned a lot about what co-production is and what it means for their services and the parents and carers who attended were really keen to be involved in future co-production activities.

Geraldine Hills (the course founder, and herself a parent of a child with complex needs) said ‘this was the first time she had delivered the training to such a mixed group and that it was great to see parents learning alongside staff’. Geraldine went on to congratulate Blackburn with Darwen for this approach and said ‘it was really refreshing to see’.

How to get involved?

Blackburn with Darwen Council is always looking at new ways to work with families. If you have any ideas on how we can do this please email them to local.offer@blackburn.gov.uk. Alternatively if you would like to receive information on future co-production opportunities you can email your name and contact details to local.offer@blackburn.gov.uk as well.

Can’t wait…?

Below is a list of groups you can join that can help us to get things right in Blackburn with Darwen

• Blackburn with Darwen’s Parents In Partnership . Parent Carer Forum for parents and carers of children and young adults aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). A varied annual programme of workshops, activities and events. Contact bwdpip1@gmail.com

• Blackburn with Darwen’s Forum for Children and Young People with SEND: A fun filled morning of activities that help children and young people let us know what’s important to them and how we can make things better for them. Meeting 3 Saturday mornings per year, ending with lunch, and 1 annual celebration event. Contact saskia.rose@blackburn.gov.uk or Annmarie.pickering@blackburn.gov.uk

• Friends of the Local Offer Group: a small and friendly group of parent/carer volunteers who are dedicated to improving the local offer for Blackburn with Darwen families. Meeting once a month, alternating Mondays and Fridays from 10:00 to 12 noon. Contact saskia.rose@blackburn.gov.uk