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New guidance for consulting with the third sector – Thursday 27 November 2008

A practical handbook has been published by the Government to help public servants open up the consultation process, to reach voluntary and community sector workers and to use their experience to influence policy outcomes.

The handbook accompanies new research by Involve (public participation specialists) on effective and innovative ways of consulting with the third sector. The report is the product of a partnership between government and the sector, and was funded and commissioned by the Office of the Third Sector and Children England, an umbrella organisation for third sector organisations working with children, young people and their families.

Kevin Brennan, Minister for the Third Sector, said:

"We recognise that the unique role and the diversity of the third sector sets policy makers a challenge in conducting effective, meaningful consultation - but the benefit of getting it right makes it well worth the effort."

The Cabinet Office stated that the research encourages an environment in which the third sector can work in partnership with government, and can campaign for change, whilst retaining its independent voice.

For a pdf of the report and the handbook, go to: (opens new window). 

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