One of the PFBA’s main aims is to ensure that co-production values are followed so that parent carers are included and able to influence the way that services are designed, commissioned and delivered.
The SEND Code of Practice (January 2015) highlights the expectations of core principles that underpin all legislation and guidance related to SEND:
1.1 Section 19 of the Children and Families Act 2014 makes clear that local authorities, in carrying out their functions under the Act in relation to needs
(SEND), must have regard to:
– the views, wishes and feelings of the child or young person, and the child’s parents
the importance of the child or young person, and the child’s parents, participating as fully as possible in decisions, and being provided with
– the information and support necessary to enable participation in those decisions
– the need to support the child or young person, and the child’s parents, in order to facilitate the development of the child or young person and to help them achieve the best possible educational and other outcomes, preparing them effectively for adulthood
Co-production, when applied effectively to supporting children and young people with SEND, enables the CYP, their parents and/or carers and professionals across multiple agencies and sectors working together as equal partners to design, plan, deliver and review support and services in order to achieve shared outcomes. The process recognises children and young people, parent carers and professionals as assets that all have important contributions to make due to their differing knowledge, skills and experience.
To find out more about co-production and how it works in the Bradford district, visit the Local Offer webpage here.