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

Barbara Fawcett, Miranda Johnson, Fiona Mould, Jasvinder Ubhie

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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
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages23
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
Early online date31 Aug 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 31 Aug 2020


  • asset-based
  • evaluation
  • change management
  • co-production

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