The Working Together event was co-produced by Manchester Parent Carer Forum and the Council. Opened by the Director of Education, Amanda Corcoran talked about her own background in SEN and the exciting work which has been happening in Manchester.
The Manchester Parent Carer Forum then took us on a journey to look at the work which has been done with partners, to represent & strengthen the voice of parents and carers, over the last 12 months.
See slides: Working Together- One year on
Cath Hitchen from the Department for Education, was invited as the keynote speaker: She gave a fascinating talk, tracking the history of special educational needs education, right up to the current day.
See slides: Manchester Co-production Launch March 2018
The main focus of the day involved parents and carers having the opportunity to talk directly with service leads and managers about their experiences. This was done by setting up a ‘speed dating’ type session, where parents moved from table to table, on the sound of a buzzer! Lively, fast-paced and extremely useful - The feedback has been shared with the teams and services involved, and when we have their response to it, we’ll publish in the You Said / We Did area of the Local Offer.
The final part of the event saw the launch the Co-production Charter. The charter was created from the combined efforts of the Local Offer Review Board: Manchester Parent Carer Forum, the Council, including SEND services and Local Offer team, IAS, the Clinical Commissioning Group, Children’s Health Community Services, Parent Champions, CAMHS, Special Schools rep from Melland High, Speech and Language Therapy service, voluntary sector groups including Lifted and Talbot House. The Co-production Charter is a shared agreement to guide and inform how we work with each other.