Progress so far | Central Bedfordshire Council

Progress so far

Co-production on improving our SEND services

Outcomes we’re aiming for: 

  • health, education and social care practitioners have a clear understanding of co-production, informed by the views of children, young people and their families
  • service leaders engage with children, young people, parents, and carers
  • co-production is embedded across the system and used regularly within social care, health, and education services

The information below shows the progress so far and what we will be doing in the next term. This information will be updated every term.

Health, education and social care practitioners have a clear understanding of co-production, informed by the views of children, young people and their families

What we’ve done

We have:

  • invested more money into the SNAP Parent Carer Forum (SNAP PCF) to support our engagement with parents
  • SNAP PCF has facilitated coproduction with its members by holding parent panels on the education, health and care plan (EHCP) process and Schools for the Future programme, supporting parents to inform the new services that they use
  • worked more closely with our partners, including the SNAP PCF, to develop a number of co-production events including workshops for parents, carers, children and young people with SEND
  • developed a co-production charter in partnership with the SNAP PCF and the SEND Champions pilot group, having facilitated workshops and events with stakeholder groups to further develop the charter
  • developed a draft communications plan which has been shared with the SEND Partnership Board to provide improved coordination and consistency in the way that professionals communicate with practitioners and families
  • the final version of the plan will be formally approved by the SEND Partnership Board early in 2021
  • improved our partnership working with schools to strengthen co-production as part of the SEND improvement programme
  • worked with head teachers from special and mainstream schools, and SENCOS, to shape and design our SEND systems and processes
  • developed the new virtual ‘Talk for All’ course, informed by the views of parents and carers, to supporting parents of children with speech, language and communication needs

By next spring term (26 April 2021) we will have:

  • published a commonly agreed definition of co-production online
  • presented our finalised plan for how we will communicate more effectively with practitioners and families to the SEND Partnership Board for approval, and we will have made it available via online
  • deliver further on communication activities outlined in the written statement of action, including a workshop for young people due to take place in February

Theme 2: Service leaders engage with children, young people, parents, and carers

What we’ve done

  • facilitated a number of sessions to listen to the views of local area SEND parents and carers on our approach to co-production, feeding back to the SEND Partnership Board
  • engaged with the existing SEND champions group and established further groups
  • frequently attended sessions with the SNAP PCF steering group members and wider membership through a range of forums, including the SNAP PCF coffee morning sessions
  • facilitated ‘Meet the Director’ sessions for the benefit of parents and carers to strengthen co-production and engagement activity, with the views of parents feeding into a number of improvement processes, such as the independent review of EHCPs
  • identified further areas for co-production

By next spring term (26 April 2021) we will have:

  • facilitated further engagement sessions and activity with SEND young people
  • engaged further with the SEND champion group, extending the reach of the group, and establishing further SEND champion groups
  • identify additional areas for co-production across the local area where there may be the need for further engagement and co-production activity to take place in response to local needs

Co-production is embedded across the system and used regularly within social care, health, and education services

What we’ve done

We have:

  • designed an online training course for professionals working directly with children and young people with SEND and service leads, in response to their feedback
  • planned and communicated key changes to the speech and language therapy model
  • provided training to speech and language therapists and nine SENCOS / specialist teachers, who are now ‘speech and language champions’
  • this was in response to the views of local parents and carers, and will help identify speech and language needs of children and young people earlier

By next spring term (26 April 2021) we will have:

  • developed, built and tested additional e-learning training modules
  • updated our processes and terms of reference to reflect recommendations from parent and practitioners, with any changes published on our Local Offer
  • continue to review and develop speech and language therapy services with parents, carers, children and young people
  • provided further communications on the impact that co-production is having on the way we work