nsce_logoThe new revised National Standards for Community Engagement were launched last week by the Minister for Housing and Local Government, Kevin Stewart MSP. The Minister said that the days of communities being told what to do are in the past, and that we are now seeing, right across the country, communities becoming involved in every aspect of decision making.

The Minister welcomed the revised National Standards for Community Engagement as a framework for supporting the participation and empowerment of communities.

The National Standards for Community Engagement have been simplified to seven Standards, reflecting the main elements of good community engagement – Inclusion, Support, Planning, Working Together, Methods, Communication and Impact. (see diagram below)

First developed in 2005, the Standards are key principles for effective practice which support community engagement and user involvement in Scotland, in areas such as community planning and health and social care. In so doing they are intended to complement and support Scotland’s developing community empowerment landscape and in particular the implementation of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.