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Working Together

How we work together with parents...

Co-production is the term used when an individual influences the support and services received, or when groups of people get together to influence the way that services are designed, commissioned and delivered.

Co-production is a requirement of the SEND Reforms 2014, and is a way of working that brings families and professionals together to review and shape future provision. It also provides the opportunity to make decisions together, including determining the most effective use of limited resources and ensures sustainability for families who receive the service, and, services themselves.

Co-production helps everybody to:

  • Be honest, transparent and have shared understanding
  • Value people’s real life experiences
  • Build relationships between the Local Authority and Families
  • Share information
  • Build an environment where differing views can be shared


The Nottinghamshire County Council Short Break offer has been co-produced with parents, carers, children and young people. This co-production approach has been jointly planned and delivered with the Nottinghamshire Parent Carer Forum (NPCF).

The revised Short Break offer has been designed to suit the needs of parents, carers, children and young people, whilst ensuring available resources are distributed fairly and targeted to where they are most needed.

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