What are the National Principles for Public Engagement?
These Principles are the culmination of a piece of work developed under the guidance of the former Participation Cymru Advisory Panel and in consultation with you. We are particularly grateful to TPAS Cymru who played a prominent role in bringing these Principles to fruition.
Welsh Government endorsed the National Principles for Public Engagement in 2011.
These are principles and NOT standards. They are an overarching set of principles aimed at Public Service organisations across all sectors in Wales. They aim to sit above any specific standards you may already be using e.g. Standards for Children and Young People, Social Services Improvement Agency standards and are intended to complement them. The National Principles aim to offer a consistent approach and good standard for public engagement across Wales.
These principles must be put into practice in order for them to have the positive impact on people that they are intended to have. All of our training will be based on these principles. If you have an event, AGM, conference that would offer an opportunity to promote these principles then a member of the Participation Cymru would be happy to help with a workshop or presentation. If we are unable to attend then a workshop outline and presentation can be shared with you to facilitate your own.
How to endorse the National Principles for Public Engagement
Complete and return this declaration of endorsement form if your organisation or business would like to endorse the National Principles for Public Engagement in Wales.
Once we have received the completed endorsement form, we will add you to the list of organisations who have endorsed the National Principles.
What resources were used to develop the National Principles?
In order to develop the National Principles for Public Engagement in Wales, the former Participation Cymru Advisory Panel hosted an open meeting. The meeting was open to anyone within the Public and Third sectors who was interested in this piece of work.
Various pieces of work had already been carried out in this field, so the purpose of holding an initial meeting was to collate and evaluate existing material before making a start on the National Principles.
The materials submitted to Participation Cymru as exemplar documents were included in the report which was subsequently submitted to Welsh Government.
TPAS Cymru and Participation Cymru then drafted some initial principles for consideration, which were then consulted upon.
The consultation exercise had 2 main components:
- A survey questionnaire which was available online and in hard copy
- A series of 4 consultation workshops across Wales
Using the National Principles in your engagement work
Participation Cymru has developed and contributed to further resources to accompany the National Principles for Public Engagement in Wales, including:
- Principles into practice: A checklist for implementation
- Evaluation Toolkit
- Practitioners’ manual for public engagement
We can also offer workshops or training on the National Principles for Public Engagement, including our comprehensive Accredited Public Engagement: theory & practice course.