Working together across Education, Health and Care for joint outcomes

Involving children, young people and families in planning, commissioning and developing services (Working Together For Change)

Course in brief

This two-day workshop takes participants through a simple eight-stage process using person-centred information (for example, from Education Health and Care plans [EHC plans], person-centred reviews, person-centred plans or support plans) to drive strategic change and commissioning in a local authority or resource such as a school or resources centre.

What is Working Together For Change?

Working Together For Change is a way of genuinely engaging with all children, young people and families using services. It reviews their experiences, determines their priorities for change and co-produces action. It is a systematic process for planning change with people, which provides powerful insights into what is working and not working in their lives as well as their aspirations for the future. It can be used to ensure that co-production with children, young people and families is at the heart of education, health and social care transformation. The SEND Code of Practice (2014 3.18) states that ‘at a strategic level, partners must engage children and young people with SEN and disabilities and children’s parents in commissioning decisions, to give useful insights into how to improve services and outcomes’. Working Together For Change does this perfectly, using the real lived experiences and aspirations of children and young people themselves to develop robust and relevant local and strategic actions. In addition, it also engages other partners such as voluntary organizations and third sector partners. (SEND Code of Practice 2014 3.17)

Who is this workshop for?

Strategic stakeholders and decision makers within the fields of education, health and social care.

All other key decision makers, commissioners and influencers – including people from user-led organizations, third sector providers and, most importantly, people who use the services and their families.

Anyone from a senior management level who is involved in local and strategic planning and anyone responsible for developing the Local Offer.

What will it cover?

The first day focuses on theming and understanding the person-centred information in terms of root causes and success from different perspectives.
The second day develops solutions leading to local and strategic action planning. The Working Together For Change process incorporates co-production principles, and the 2 days will involve participants who use services and their families.

Situations where Working Together For Change can help

  • A school or educational provision creating or updating their School Development Plan, and including families, children and young people meaningfully in the process.
  • A local authority developing their local provision for SEND and building on their local offer.
  • Ensuring that commissioning decisions are truly connected to aspirations and needs of children and young people.
  • To support and inform Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs) and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies within a local authority.
  • By local or residential colleges to develop their provision, anticipating aspirations and developing future provision.
  • To engage local voluntary sector providers and other sectors in local decision making.

How is it delivered?

As a 2-day face-to-face workshop that ideally runs together. We can involve up to 60 people at a time.

Contact for further information.

For more information regarding delivery and costs of this course internationally, please send an email to one of the following addresses:

In the USA:

In Canada:

In Australia:

What people say about this course

“I just wanted to say thank you so much for yesterday. I think it went really well with some good outcomes for our children and parents”
Deb Frayne-Johnson, Oxley Park Academy

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