Care & Share the Journey so far…
In the summer of 2016 parent carers began to share the need for a way to tell their story once and celebrate all the great things their children and young people could do, their achievements and aspirations rather than always focusing on what they couldn’t do.
They also wanted more connectivity with professionals and a way to regularly be updated on their child’s progress as well as being able to provide and share updates from home
Looking into this we decided to locally develop a tool that could do this and much more, a tool that puts local people in control and at the heart of its development.
Care & Share has been endorsed through the Children’s Alliance and we receive funding from the Children’s and Adolescents Mental Health Service to run a pilot to see if there really was a need and if parents and professionals would use this tool. We found a local social enterprise PSIAMS to design and develop the tool and asked educational settings to volunteer to be involved.
The support from Pens Meadow Special School staff and parents has been phenomenal, and we are delighted that they now want to roll Care & Share out throughout the whole school. We are also really Pleased that the Brier Special School are on board and full behind the pilot.
A number of parents are testing the system for us and are helping to developing an online community. The feedback we have had so far has been overwhelmingly positive, parent are telling us that this tool feel like it could be life changing.
Keep your eyes open for exciting developments!
Engagement & coproduction
We always endeavour to work in ways that empower and involve parent carers. We pride ourselves on the fact that parent carers influence and shape the systems and tools we produce as they are the experts by experience.
Care & share is a bespoke system that has been designed and created solely on the views and experiences of parent carers within Dudley Borough.
We would like to openly thank all those people who gave their time and energy to get involved, feedback their views and be involved in the pilot. Care & Share wouldn’t be the dynamic multi-functional system that it is without you.