We will identify and overcome any barriers to participation.

How will we know we have met this Standard?

  • An assessment of support needs is carried out, involving all participants.
  • Action is taken to remove or reduce any practical barriers which make it difficult for people to take part in engagement activities.
  • Access to impartial and independent development support is provided for groups involved in the community engagement process.

Examples of support needs

  • Suitable transport
  • Caring for dependants (for example, childcare or care of older people)
  • Personal assistance or personal care
  • Suitable and accessible venues and appropriate catering
  • Access to interpreters
  • Communication aids
  • Meetings and events organised at appropriate times
  • Access to social media, video conferencing and online resources where appropriate
  • Out-of-pocket expenses


To learn about the Support Standard in BSL click here