True Consultation

Consultation – what a lovely jargonistic word.  What does it actually mean?

Consultation:  The action or process of formally consulting or discussing

Consult:  Have discussions with, typically before undertaking a course of action

Public Consultation:  Public consultation, or simply consultation, is a regulatory process by which the public’s input on matters affecting them is sought. Its main goals are in improving the efficiency, transparency and public involvement in large-scale projects or laws and policies. It usually involves notification (to publicise the matter to be consulted on), consultation (a two-way flow of information and opinion exchange) as well as participation (involving interest groups in the drafting of policy or legislation)

exchange-of-ideas-222788_640Were you notified of any consultation?  Were you consulted?  Did you have the chance to participate?

Do you believe consultation makes a difference or do you think it is ineffective?

Ineffective consultations are considered to be cosmetic consultations that were done due to obligation or show and not true participatory decision making.  

The Local Offer – part of the new Children and Families Act – requires Local Authorities to consult with many parties, including parents and children and young people with special educational needs.

We have added a page of all the Local Offers or consultations publicly available, so if you haven’t seen your Local Offer, here’s your chance.

Local Offer – Regulations

Consultation 

4.—(1) When preparing and reviewing its local offer, a local authority must consult the following persons in its area—

(a) children with special educational needs, their parents and young people with special educational needs;

So, as consultation is a must and not a should (e.g. it has to be done, not just best practice), we were interested to find out if you had been consulted.

Have you been consulted about your Local Authority's Local Offer

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Did you know how to get involved in the consultation?

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Did you know how to be involved but didn't bother?

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Do you think consultation makes any difference

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Do you actually care about being engaged in a consultation?

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We would love to hear about what you think does make a difference, is it consultation or is it something different?  Let us know.

You can also pop over to our Chat room and let us know your experiences of Consultation,