Coproduction and the role of parent carer forums

PCV Herefordshire met with the Local Authority parent carer representative on the 4th Dec 2019 to go through the last version of the Quality Indictors which is the Template for our Coproduction Agreement with all Other agencies (LA, WVT, CCG AND Sendias). This should be discussed at the next Send Strategy meeting in January 2020 with sign off in March 2020.

Co-production is an equal and reciprocal relationship where everyone’s knowledge and skills are used to create better outcomes.


Herefordshire SEND Co-Production Working Agreement

The SEND code of practice (paragraph 1.13) clearly defines the role that parent carer forums play in co-production:

“Parent Carer Forums are representative local groups of parents and carers of children and young people with disabilities who work alongside local authorities, education, health and other services providers to ensure that the services they plan, commission, deliver and monitor meet the needs of children and families.”

Using their direct experience of receiving services and living with SEND, Parent Carer Forums can help set the agenda and highlight where local services, processes, and commissioners are working well, or challenge when changes or improvements need to be made.

Parent Carer Forums work in a solution-focused way with their local partners to find the best possible outcomes and solutions for local families, with the resources that are available – and if those resources are inadequate, they are perfectly within their rights to challenge this.

We cannot do this without the support and engagement of parent carers in Herefordshire. Click here to find out how to get involved.

Where we are now

Setting up agreement of how we will work in coproduction with the local authority, and some health sections.  We are using quality indicators to document what ‘good looks like’ when parent carers work with public services to design and deliver services but more importantly where we are now and how we get to the ‘good services for children with additional needs’.

PCV have met twice with key commissioners from Herefordshire Council, and managers from some NHS/WVT services to work this out.  It has been a useful start however given the fundamental change this is to the way public services work this will take time to get right.

Next steps

Due to the Current Covid 19 virus this has had to be postponed until later this year .