The National Standards for Community Engagement were launched in 2005 and have been widely adopted in Community Planning Partnerships and in other areas of government since their original endorsement by: Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), Association of Chief Police Officers, Scottish Health Council and the Poverty Alliance. They have been recommended by Audit Scotland as good practice and their impact was the subject of a positive evaluation in 2008.
The standards set out best practice principles for the way that government agencies, councils, health boards, police and other public bodies engage with communities. They are not compulsory, but they are good practice and can help deliver the outcomes we wish to achieve.
The idea for the standards came from people on the front line of community engagement: more than 500 people from the statutory and voluntary sectors and the communities themselves were involved in developing and producing them.
These are a range of support materials that can help people to use the Standards on the Scottish Community Development Centre website.
The community engagement planning tool VOICE is underpinned by the Standards.