What are they?

There are many varied types of consultation. They aim to provide opportunities for all those who wish to express their opinions on a proposed area of work to do so in ways which will inform and enhance that work. Consultation exercises seek views in a number of different ways, such as written papers, public meetings, focus groups, questionnaire exercises or on-line discussion forums.

Consultation exercises do not address individual concerns and comments, but may eventually inform the policy process of the relevant directorate or public body. Typically consultations involve a written paper inviting answers to specific questions or more general views about the material presented. These papers are open for Carers to have their opinions and submit their responses.

Why are consultations so important?

Consultations give people in all walks of life a chance to get involved in the work of government. It is an important part of the policy-making process.

The views and suggestions detailed in consultation responses are analysed and used as part of the decision-making process. The responses that Carers submit may:

  • Indicate the need for further policy development or review
  • Inform the development of a particular policy
  • Help decisions to be made between alternative policy proposals
  • Used to finalise legislation before it is implemented
What we want to do

We want to seek out areas of interest that impact on Carers. We will find consultations and explain the outline of them so you can decide if you think you can have a say in the development of policy.

How can you make a difference?

Take part, when you see a consultation on our web site or Facebook pages click the link and have a read to add your opinion. If you want to discuss the consultation Ask we….We want Carers opinions and views to be heard. If you are not sure, we can talk the idea or process through with you.


Current Consultations – Carers Strategic Policy Statement Draft Consultation

The consultation is open for 12 weeks (30/09/2019 until 13/12/2019).
You can access the consultation using the following link :

Overview – The Carers Strategic Policy Statement maps the main policies across the Scottish Government which are particularly relevant to unpaid carers – alongside the outcomes these policies contribute towards and the Scottish Government’s overall ambitions for carers and carer support.  It is intended to assist local and national strategic planning and policy development in the statutory, independent and third sector to understand the existing national policies and approaches in place to support unpaid carers in Scotland.

By having this “map” of national carer support policies and strategies, those with a role in commissioning or providing support for carers can make fully informed decisions about different approaches and models, and tap into existing opportunities.

The draft puts the individual carer in the centre and focuses on national policies to address four different aspects of carer support:

  • Carer Voice and Engagement
  • Health and Social Care Support
  • Social and Financial Inclusion
  • Young Carers

Holiday Activity Provision for Disabled Children and Young People in Scotland: National Consultation
The surveys will be open for four week until Friday 08 November 2019.

Shared Care Scotland and Simon Jaquet Consultancy are launching three national surveys to research the scale, nature, and delivery of holiday activity provision for disabled children and young people across Scotland. This work will support future efforts to improve policy, practice, and the targeting of resources.

The surveys will explore:

  • The variety and quantity of holiday activities available to disabled children and young people.
  • Other leisure and recreation activities experienced by children and young people, and their preferences for future activities.
  • The experiences of parent carers and the associated challenges in accessing suitable holiday activities for their children.
  • Practical solutions that could help overcome the challenges identified and improve quality, choice and the availability of holiday activities.

Preliminary research in six Scottish local authorities, commissioned by Shared Care Scotland, has confirmed that disabled children struggle to get the fun, social contact, and informal learning that their non-disabled peers get during holiday periods.

SURVEY 1 – Disabled Children and Young People aged 5 to 18
This survey provides an opportunity to hear the voices and views of young people. Young people are encouraged to complete this online survey, with support from mum, dad, a teacher or a support worker.

Click here for this survey

SURVEY 2 –  Parent Carers
This survey will build up a unique national picture of the experiences of parent carers and the challenges they face.

Click here for this survey