Wandsworth participation principles
We will provide, as far as possible, opportunities for all those with an interest in issues under discussion to have a voice. We will do this in such a way that no one is prevented from having a voice. The aim is to ensure the inclusion of diverse perspectives, including those of black and ethnic minority groups. Particular care will be taken to ensure that children, young people and parents for whom English is a second language, those with a physical disability, mental difficulties, literacy problems and others who do not generally participate are able to express their views in the most appropriate ways.
The council and its partners will make clear the purpose of each participation exercise and any constraints or limitations applying to them.
Participation will take place at the earliest possible stage before decisions are taken. Participants will be given sufficient time to consider and discuss issues before responding. For council consultations, a minimum of 6 weeks will be allowed for written consultations wherever possible.
The council and its partners are seeking robust and reliable results that fairly represent the views of all groups within the target population. A full mix of fit for purpose methods will be employed to achieve this.
Greatest weight will be given to the voice of those likely to be most affected by decisions on any subject.
Participation is not a one-way street. Wherever possible, children and young people will be supported to carry out their own consultation and research and to raise issues with the council and its partners.
Where possible, use will be made of opportunities to bring children and young people and adults together to discuss issues of relevance to the wider population.
The results of all consultation projects will be made available to all relevant audiences. The council will collate the results of individual consultations to produce a borough-wide, publicly available, picture as needed.
The council and its partners will report back to participants on decisions taken. Reports will highlight the impact that participants’ views have had on decisions as well as cases where decisions run counter to expressed views.
The effectiveness of the strategy as a whole, and of individual projects, will be continually monitored. An annual evaluation will be reported to the council, the CYPSP and to the WLSP. This will include an assessment of the impact of participation on service delivery.