Birmingham taking the initiative : changes and challenges in working differently with adults

Fawcett, Barbara and Johnson, Miranda and Mould, Fiona and Ubhie, Jasvinder (2020) Birmingham taking the initiative : changes and challenges in working differently with adults. British Journal of Social Work. ISSN 0045-3102

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    Abstract

    Turning rhetoric into reality and fully embracing the principles and practice of the Care Act (2014) in innovative, citizen focused and creative ways has been a journey constructively embraced in Birmingham over the last two years. This has been a journey with critical learning points which incorporate theoretical reflection, managerial and practitioner innovation and an emphasis on citizen focused co-production. This article considers the context, examines the nature of the change process and appraises the findings from the eighteen-month evaluation. All of these learning points and the process of change itself are eminently transferrable to other Local Authorities operating in the four countries which comprise the United Kingdom as well as to the International arena. Key words: asset-based, co-production, change management, evaluation