What is co-production?

Co-production is one of East Riding's top priorities.

Co-production is working together to ensure SEND (0-25) services meet the needs of Children, Young People and Families. It is about children, young people, parent carers, practitioners and partners working together in an equal partnership.

Co-production is when everyone is involved at the very start of a project/piece of work, when someone has an idea they bring everyone together before any further work is done.

Co-production is not about asking for parent carers views on a piece of completed work (this is called consultation) it is about working on the piece of work together.

Ladder of co-production diagram

Diagram of the co-production ladder

How does the local area work in a co-productive way?

Co-production is one of East Riding's top priorities, it is recognised that this is such an important area of work and an area we need to develop further. We have a co-production charter which was drawn up with the Parent Carer Forum, local authority and health partners.

Specialist Services, the Parent Carer Forum and Health Partners have been working in partnership to produce the latest version of the Co-production Charter. It aims to help parents/carers, children and young people and professionals to recognise the importance of working co-productively and support its core principles. This is a pilot model that will be reviewed in 6 months' time.

Co-Production Charter Pilot (word 465kb)

Please find below the co-production section of the Self Evaluation Framework (SEF) which shows what we are doing well and our areas for development.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council and East Yorkshire Parent Carer Forum Co-production Charter (pdf 277kb)

SEND Self-Evaluation Framework January 2019 (pdf 783kb)

A co-production sub-group exists which includes representatives from the Parent Carer Forum, Education, Social Care, Health and Adult Services all working together on the below action plan:

Co-production Action Plan (pdf 125kb)

The co-production subgroup have produced the Four Cornerstones of Co-production, a checklist for schools and settings to use when organising and chairing meetings with parent carers of children with SEND.

Four Cornerstones of Co-production - Checklist for schools colleges and education providers 2019 (pdf 109kb)

The local authority has asked East Yorkshire Parent Carer Forum (EYPCF) to organise a piece of work on the Local Offer, please see the work outline below:

Local Offer Work Plan (pdf 78kb)

Good Practice Template for Co-Production V1 (pdf 581kb)

The Good Practice Template (above) is for anyone and everyone that has actively recognised and embedded the importance of co-production into the work they do. We recognise that co-production is subjective due to the nature of the work and those involved, with this in mind we're interested in the steps you took, the work undertaken and the outcomes as a result of the co-production.

Examples of co-production

Parent Carer Events - annual parent carer events are co-produced between the parent carer forum and the FISH team. These are usually held at Tickton Grange with around 100 parent carers attending.

Staff Recruitment - Parent Carer Forum steering group members are part of recruitment and selection of staff within Specialist Services.

Contact Cards - Feedback from parent carers to the Parent Carer Forum was that it would be useful if a contact card was left by professionals with their name, job title and contact details on.

Information Group - The information group is a group of parent carer forum members and non-parent carer forum members who meet at County Hall in Beverley monthly. The role of the group is to work with professionals to ensure information is parent friendly and in a format that is accessible and easy to understand.

VOICES co-production event

The VOICES event held in July 2019, organised by East Yorkshire Parent Carer Forum (EYPCF) and East Riding of Yorkshire Council, brought together parent carers, young people and practitioners to further develop together SEND services.

Since the event the parent carer forum and East Riding of Yorkshire Council have worked together to ensure that everyone who attended the event had the opportunity to comment on the report and narrative before these are made available more widely.

The final report, narrative and young person’s leaflet are available below:

Young Person's voices report East Riding (pdf 1.4mb)

Appendix The East Riding of Yorkshire Narratives Final (pdf 1mb)

East Riding Report Final (pdf 2.2mb)

Next steps

Given the current concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus and the recommendations from Central Government that everyone should avoid large events and gatherings, a discussion has taken place between the Parent Carer Forum and the Local Authority regarding the next VOICES event. We had proposed to hold this in May 2020 but a joint decision that the event will be postponed until later in the year. Updates on this new date will follow as soon as the current situation is resolved.

If you have any questions please contact:

East Yorkshire Parent Carer Forum (EYPCF)
Tel: 07813 676941

PfA Commissioner
Tel: (01482) 392157