Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) has recently published a blog by
In Control's Nic Crosby along with Nicola Gitsham from NDTi and
Clive Miller from the Children's Personalisation Network that puts
coproduction at the heart of personalisation.
The blog explores personalisation and of putting personalisation
into the context of personal budgets, it proposes that the 'real
motor' is coproduction, 'Coproduction has always existed but has
mostly not been acknowledged or explicitly supported. This applies
as much to children, young people and families as it does to adults
and older people'.
It goes on to explain that there is a need for a move away from
historical top down approaches and siloed thinking and a need for a
fundamental change to the way that we support those requiring
social services that makes sense to families, not just to
It is also about being more inclusive - of the child and their
family as well as communities - and being 'more tolerant of
difference and more welcoming for example, through
inter-generational collaboration such as grand mentors and young
The blog also looks at the issue of changing from a world where
needs are aligned to a department or service often leading to 'turf
wars' to a world where children and young people's services
recognises the need to personalise universal services. It's about
delivering a more personal, more holistic outcome.
'Personal budgets in children and young people's services have
also been developed over a considerable period of time, starting
with the pioneering work of In Control, leading on to the national
SEND pilots and the new legislation. Whilst much of the focus has
been on children and young people with special educational needs
and disabilities their application has, and should be, much wider.
Along with developments such as budget holding by lead
professionals, personal budgets have already been used to enable
children and young people with additional needs and those on the
edge of, or in care, to benefit from personalisation.'
The Children's Personalisation Network (CPN) brings together a
small number of organisations who have been involved in promoting
the best practice in personalisation. They listen and learn from
the successes and challenges in adult services to inform
personalisation for children and young people and continue to
develop a holistic approach to personal budgets.
'We, like TLAP, recognise that the time for developing work in
isolation, in silos defined by age as much as by need, is long
past. TLAP is already committed to supporting personalisation for
children with special educational needs and disabilities. This
focus should now be widened to ensure that all children and
families can benefit from personalisation.'
Read the full blog on the TLAP website.