SEND Newsletter - Special Edition

SEND Newsletter Special Edition

Consultation Opportunity
Telford & Wrekin SEND Co-production Charter


We are pleased to announce the Telford & Wrekin SEND Co-production Charter is available for consultation!

Just over a year ago, PODS (Parents Opening Doors - Parent Carer Forum) introduced the local authority (Telford & Wrekin Council) and the STW CCG (Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group) to a project that would improve and embed co-production in all SEND Services. The Voices project, supported by Genuine Partnerships is designed to create change in the way co-production is used.

In Telford & Wrekin the project was jointly funded by PODS, the local authority and the STW CCG, ensuring that all partners have been fully involved and engaged to create a Co-production Charter.

Message from PODS

"We are excited to have developed this draft charter with our parent carers and wider families, and partners across health, social care, education and voluntary sector. The Telford & Wrekin co-production charter values our families as genuine partners and aims to ensure that children and young people have positive experience throughout their lives. Thank you for all your involvement so far and we look forward to 'Making A Difference' together".

Your views are important, please tell us what you think.

The Co-production Charter is available to view on the SEND Local Offer.

SEND Local Offer: Co-production Charter


You can feedback using the survey link below (a paper version is available) or you can share your thoughts by email.

Link to the Consultation Survey


Feedback to PODS:

Feedback to Telford & Wrekin Council:

The closing date for the consultation is: Friday 6 August 2021

The Launch of the final Co-production Charter will take place in the Autumn Term.

What is Co-production?

The definition of co-production by Genuine Partnerships is:

“Co-production involves children, young people, families, practitioners and partners working jointly together in an equal and reciprocal relationship.”

Locally this means that we will work together as equal partners in service development to improve outcomes for everyone.

How the project worked?

Focus Groups collected the views from parents, carers, young people, schools and settings, local authority education and social care teams and health professionals working across STW CCG. The groups discussed the local areas strengths and weakness in four different areas, Welcome & Care, Value & Include, Communication and Working in Partnership. Two reports were compiled from all of the ‘Voices’ captured at the events, and these would ultimately contribute to the Co-production Charter.

The full reports are available to download:

SEND and Co-production Voices from Telford & Wrekin

Report Summary for Young People


In March 2021 a ‘virtual event’ was held that invited all who had been included in the focus groups to learn more around co-production and to look at the principles behind successfully embedding co-production into all SEND services