Redesigning support for care leavers

Exploring the use of co-productive methods to collaboratively design and improve leaving care services
Published on 8 May 2012

Final report of a project that brought together care leavers in Argyll and Bute with their corporate parents (throughcare and aftercare, social work, health, homelessness and education services), to explore what a co-productive approach could look like in the social work sector.

The project focused upon the social and emotional care of care leavers as they move on from care. Workshops were used to share care leavers' experiences and develop ideas that respond to the needs expressed by young people. These ideas were prototyped in the workshops and tested and evaluated as part of service provision.

The report shares the learning from using a co-productive process, as well as reflections and recommendations for using the approach. It will be of interest to service managers, human resource managers, community and voluntary groups, partnership working agencies, service designers and policy makers who are interested in ways of innovating and improving service delivery.