The Co-Produced Support Project
This project involved carrying out in-depth research with Barnet Council’s adult social care users, whatever their needs.
It is called The Co-Produced Support Project because it was be guided by our Steering Group of deaf and disabled people – many of whom will be using Council services.
Shaping social Care in Barnet
Inclusion Barnet have been awarded a grant by Trust for London to research and campaign for deaf and disabled people to have the best social care possible from the Local Authority.
We are carrying out in-depth research with Barnet Council’s adult social care users, whatever their needs.
It is called The Co-Produced Support Project because it will be guided by our Steering Group of deaf and disabled people – many of whom will be using Council services.
It is called The Co-Produced Support Project because we at Inclusion Barnet as a peer led Deaf and Disabled Person’s Organisation (DDPO) will be taking our research learning and our lived experience to the Council and work with them shaping adult social care services. .
Our steering group
Minutes of our first steering group meeting on the 2nd July 2021
The group is made up of members who have experience of disability including mental health issues and many are Barnet Council social care users.
We also have some professional members who have experience of Social Care, Co-Production and Disability research methodology.
The group will meet once every three months, and the group agenda, materials and minutes will be made available on this page.
The 2014 Care Act made a number of changes to the way local authorities were to assess and provide social care. It brought a number of new responsibilities and duties.
One of those duties was the duty to co-produce adult social care policy. This is a very difficult duty to enforce, and there is always a danger that local authorities will say they co-produce but are simply consulting or researching users.
Co-production at its best is where users are involved throughout the process of policy development. Involved in finding what the problems are, involved in thinking about what solutions can address those problems and being involved in the decisions that then need to be made.
We think that the Think Local Act Personal ladder of co-production is a really useful way of thinking about the approach. This is our ambition on the project.
Next year we will be producing a conference on co-production activity across London. So watch this space!
The Co-Produced Support Project was funded by Trust for London.