Access to period products: monitoring and evaluation strategy 2021/22 to 2024/25

Evaluation and monitoring strategy on free access to period products. The Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Act 2021 came into force on 15 August 2022. This document presents the approach to evaluating and monitoring implementation of the Act.

Annex A – Guiding principles

The working group was instrumental in developing the policy's Guiding Principles, which all partners should consider when developing their delivery models. The guiding principles are:

  • Protecting students' dignity, avoiding anxiety, embarrassment and stigma
  • Making a range of products and different qualities available, giving students choice about the products they want to use;
  • A response that is reflective of students' views and experiences;
  • An efficient and dignified approach which demonstrates value for money;
  • An offer for all eligible students throughout the year regardless of whether it is term time or holidays
  • Ensuring sanitary products are easily accessible to meet individual needs;
  • Individuals being able to get sufficient products to meet their needs;
  • Gender equality, ensuring anyone who menstruates can access products, including transgender men/non-binary individuals, and that language is gender neutral. The roll out of gender neutral toilets should also be taken account of.
  • Awareness raising and education to both promote the 'offer' and change cultural norms.



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