Charter for Involvement

NIN charter - front cover

To mark learning disability week and the 10th anniversary of the National Involvement Network, we held a major national conference: Hear our Voice : Ten years of leading change in our services and communities.  158 people attended.  Four new organisations signed up to the Charter for Involvement on the day.

“The silence is disappearing.  People are leaders now”

This unique event was planned and led by people who receive support services who are members of the National Involvement Network (NIN).

It celebrated their remarkable achievements in becoming leaders of change and highlight their groundbreaking publication the Charter for Involvement. Watch a short film of the conference –

At the Conference 2 new films were premiered.

The NIN members made a film about what NIN means to them and how they would like to see involvement in the future.


In another film NIN members describe their experience of using a new Talking Mat to help more people use the Charter for Involvement. They explain how people were able to talk about how well they are getting on in their communities, and whether they are living as independently as they would like.

The Charter for Involvement is written by the National Involvement Network (NIN) and was published January 2015 .  It is a series of 12 new statements that show how people who use support services want to be involved:

  •  in the support that they get
  • in the organisations that provide their services, and
  • in the wider community

The Charter is unique in Scotland as it has been written and developed by people who use services for service providers to make involvement better for everyone.

There are 2 versions of the Charter for Involvement : a full version which includes the 12 statements and descriptions of what each one means; and a short version in a pamphlet form.

Download a copy of the full version of the Charter – Charter for Involvement – full version (pdf)

Download a copy of the short version – Charter for Involvement – short version (pdf)

Charter Leaflet – there is also a Charter leaflet which shows the 12 statements – to download the leaflet click here: Charter leaflet front    Charter leaflet back

Watch the film Charter for Involvement –

The National Involvement Network (NIN) wrote the Charter to improve the involvement of people who get support in the things that matter in their lives.

The Charter for Involvement has 12 Statements which describe how people want to be more involved in the services they get in the organisations that provide their services, and in the wider community.

In July 2016 “Putting the Charter into Practice” was published.  It describes the views and experiences of Chief Executives and Managers of 15 organisations that have signed up to the Charter.

Putting the Charter into Practice - short reportView and download a short version of the report Putting the Charter into Practice – short report (pdf)


Signing up means organisations:

  • Agree with the Charter principles and statements.
  • Commit to putting the Charter principles and statements into practice in their organisation.
  • Commit to working in partnership with people who use their service to draw up an action plan.  This will say what actions they will take to improve involvement in line with the Charter principles and statements.
  • Commit to working in partnership with people who use their service to check how the organisation is doing with these actions on a regular basis.
  • Commit to sharing learning and ideas on improving involvement and taking this work forward with other organisations.

To see which organisations have signed up to the Charter click this link – Charter-names-of-organisations-who-have-signed-up

Renfrewshire HSCP

In October 2016 Renfrewshire became the first Health and Social Care Partnership to sign up to the Charter for Involvement.  It has been followed by South Ayrshire Council, Scottish Borders and North Ayrshire.  In May NHS Highland also signed up.

If you are interested in signing up to the Charter, here is the form which organisations sign, setting out what they are committing to nin-charter-certificate.  It might be helpful to speak first to one of the ARC Scotland staff who support the work with the Charter :-

Paddy Carstairs –

Sylvia Crick –

Brid Cullen –