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Partnership Working


Any trainers out there with experience of delivering workshops in effective partnership working - local government context. Needed for a workshop on Monday 4th September.
kath gresty

3 Responses

  1. Reflections & Ideas
    Hello Kath
    I did a lot of training on partnership working in LA Social Services Departments in the 90s but am pretty sure that not a lot will have changed!I dont know which bit of the LA you are working in but my experience suggests the following :
    1. LAs will say that they are committed to partnership working but the reality is that they are very reluctant to genuinely share power & resources with service users,carers,stakeholders & the independent sector – leading to a lot of cynicism about so-called partnership working
    2. There was some very interesting research carried out by the Rowntree Foundation which described what the researchers called the DATA effect (the ” we Do All That Already” effect)where LA staff thought that because they believed in partnership working ,then that is what they were doing & had no need to improve their practice.Of course, the researchers found that for users,carers & stakeholders,their perception was very different!Challenging these beliefs is no easy matter.
    3. Bringing in stakeholders to participate in or contribute to training can be very useful and powerful-but beware! If they are not properly prepared & trained themselves it can result in hostility,resistance and negativity from staff so its not something to be done lightly. Believe me, I’ve seen the fallout & it was not pretty.
    4. I developed some materials which you are very welcome to have/adapt including a very helpful piece on partnership models which enables ‘partners’ to really explore & discuss where they are on the partnership spectrum plus other stuff on setting up partnership development groups,task-centred work and principles.If you’re interested,you can email me at [email protected].
    Good luck


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