Consultation on a Draft Code of Practice for Stop and Search: Analysis of Responses

Analysis of consultation responses received on the draft code of practice for stop and search.

2 About the respondents

2.1 This chapter provides information about the respondents to the consultation.

Number of responses received

2.2 The consultation received 38 responses. Just over half of the responses (21 out of 38, 55%) were from individuals, while the remaining 17 responses were submitted by organisations. See Table 2.1 below. Two of the responses from organisations took the form of reports of activities carried out with children and young people. These responses gave the views of the children and young people who participated in the consultation activities rather than of the organisation facilitating the activity and submitting the response. As such, these responses are shown separately in Table 2.1.

Table 2.1: Number of responses

Respondent type









Organisations - reports of consultation activities






Note: Percentages do not sum to 100 because of rounding.

2.3 A complete list of organisational respondents and of organisations submitting reports of consultation activities with children and young people is included at Annex 1.

2.4 Most responses (76%; 29) were submitted through the Scottish Government's online consultation hub. The remaining responses were submitted by email.

2.5 Not all respondents answered all questions in the consultation. Response rates for individual questions ranged from 34% for Question 7 to 82% for Question 4 (tick-box question). See Annex 2 for details.

2.6 Two respondents submitted published research for consideration by the consultation team. One respondent submitting such evidence did not respond to the individual questions or provide any further comment. [10] This evidence is not considered in detail in this report but will be taken into account by the Scottish Government in progressing its work in this area.

The respondents

2.7 The 15 organisational respondents included local authorities and community councils; national public sector bodies in the areas of policing, children and young people, mental health, and equalities and human rights; third sector organisations focusing on children and young people and equalities and human rights; and professional and academic bodies.

2.8 Both reports of consultation activities were submitted by third sector organisations.


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