Tool 2: Barriers to involvement experienced by some communities

A substantial number of people you want to engage may experience barriers to getting involved. Some of these barriers are:-

Try doing a basic Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) to help you think about who might be affected by the issue for engagement, as well as if the method you intend using is appropriate. Identify what barriers might be experienced by people with the Protected Characteristics identified by the Equality Act 2010.

Check that what you are planning to do appropriately addresses the removal of barriers to involvement.  Other barriers to public engagement are harder to overcome - such as cynicism and apathy of the public as well as contentedness with the current situation.