A clear commitment to co-production is at the heart of the Code of Practice (COP) 2015 and it makes it clear that many aspects of the new legislation need to be agreed and where possible, co-produced across a wide range of partners that include:-

  • the local authority;
  • health;
  • education settings and education providers;
  • families (parent carers)
  • children and young people;
  • the voluntary and community and the faith sector.

    The new OFSTED and CQC framework for inspection applies not just to the Local Authority but the Local Area. In order to ensure that this is an ongoing dialogue which is not just about co-design but also about a joint approach to evaluation, review and ongoing improvement, these co-production relationships need to be planned for and sustainable.

    This is particularly true for co-production work with parent-carers, children and young people. Sustainable, representative structures need to be in place to ensure that co-production is embedded and resourced so that families are not being approached in a piecemeal fashion. ‘Consultation fatigue’, ‘lack of capacity’, different understandings of what co-production means, and unsustainability are all emerging as challenges for the long term implementation of the new legislation.