Although work with the TtTNS Training Squad has been ‘coproduced’, I don’t think I have ever used the work coproduction with young people and these are the reasons why:
Coproduction starts from a service perspective.
It paradoxically talks about equal power.
The word coproduction does not connect with young people.
Its linear framework limits thinking and ways of working together.
Coproduction starts from a service perspective
Coproduction comes from a service point of view and is a way of working to involve people who are served by services. It wants to work with the people they serve. Our starting place was asking the young people, “Why do you want to train professionals?” We wanted to hear their ideas emerging from their own perspectives.