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 NetworkLink to an external website - 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 www.engage.hscni.netLink to an external 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 organisations.

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