Genuine Partnerships models and promotes co-production, inclusive practice and wellbeing using the Four Cornerstones Approach.
Genuine Partnerships is a nationally recognised team of practitioners, parent carers and young people working together to promote and model co-production, inclusion and emotional health and wellbeing within and across organisations.
Originally a 2010 Brian Lamb innovative project, the team drew upon narrative research with children and young people with SEND, and their parents and carers, to co-produce a set of principles that would increase trust between all partners. The Rotherham Charter, now known nationally as the Four Cornerstones, asks schools, settings, services and whole areas to:
Welcome and Care
Value and Include
work in Partnership
The Cornerstones are used to strengthen relationships and help embed inclusive organisational cultures that have a positve impact on everybody's experience. Positive psychology, gathering stories and appreciative inquiry are key features of the Genuine Partnerships approach. The team provides consultation, tools and materials, training packages, bespoke packages of support, research projects and accreditation. It works with local schools and Education, Health and Care services and in partnership with national charity Contact in local areas across the country. Self-evaluation tool The Four Cornerstones Approach has recently been updated and is available here.