The Consultation Process in DHSSPS
The Department recognises the importance of proper consultation and
in carrying out its equality duties consults in a timely, open and inclusive way and in accordance with
the Equality Commission’s Guiding principles.
The Department works with representative groups and individuals of the
Section 75 categories to obtain their views.
The wide range of views are analysed by those carrying out the consultation
to draw conclusions in terms of policy impact and how it has been changed as a result of the consultation.
These are reflected upon in the published documents.
Here are some useful links, guidance and sources of information on consultation.
- The Participation Network
- provides advice and guidance to government departments in Northern Ireland to fulfill their duties
to effectively engage children and young people in public decision making.
- Engage - Your Voice Matters - Your Voice Counts - The website
is the e-network for the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) stakeholder
involvement programme in Northern Ireland. This website is designed to promote good communication, allow
for better sharing of best practice, and facilitate exchange of information between users, carers and