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Reflections on making co-production work: the reality of coproduction from an insider perspective

Smith, J., Fillingham, J. and Sealey, Clive (2023) Reflections on making co-production work: the reality of coproduction from an insider perspective. British Journal of Social Work, 53 (3). pp. 1393-1601. ISSN 1468-263X - Print ISSN 0045-3102

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This article explores the key areas by which an academic book was co-produced with people from diverse backgrounds and lived experiences. Co-production is often now presented as a common-sense shift to delivering public services (Paget 2014; Durose et al. 2017), with a distinct trend towards co-production in the UK in recent decades (Pieroudis et al. 2019). The book referred to was explicitly written with coproduction at its heart, with 20 people involved in its writing: 3 editors and 17 coauthors. Of that group 16 identified as white and 4 from minority ethnic backgrounds,
and ages ranged from 25 - 80+, 12 identified as female and 8 as male. This is a collaborative approach to understanding the lived experiences of service users and carers, providing a unique opportunity to consider the reality of co-production from an insider perspective.

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This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Allied Health and Community
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Depositing User: Clive Sealey
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2023 14:55
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2023 13:02

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