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Revised National Standards 2016

The National Standards for Community Engagement were first launched in 2005.   The ten 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 are good practice and can help deliver the outcomes we wish to achieve.

In 2015 the Scottish Government commissioned the Scottish Community Development Centre to undertake a participatory process to review and update the Standards to complement and support Scotland's developing community empowerment landscape and in particular the implementation of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.

The new revised National Standards for Community Engagement were launched on 29 September 2016 by Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government and Housing.  They have been simplified from ten to seven Standards, reflecting the main elements of good community engagement - Inclusion, Support, Planning, Working Together, Methods, Communication and Impact.  More information is available on the VOiCE (Visioning Outcomes in Community Engagement) website.

To ensure that as many people as possible can benefit and contribute to a quality engagement process, the National Standards for Community Engagement are available in a variety of accessible formats. Click on the version you wish to access below.

Version

 Format

Easy Read version of the National Standards for Community Engagement

 PDF

 

Easy Read - plain large print (18pt) of the National Standards for Community Engagement

 PDF

 Word

Easy Read - plain large print (24pt) of the National Standards for Community Engagement

 PDF

 Word

Audio version (MP3) of the National Standards for Community Engagement

 Download

 

A braille version is available on request. 

Please email: paul.nelis@scdc.org.uk or telephone 0141 248 1924 to request a copy