Principles of Community Engagement for Empowerment

Public Health Wales employees should reflect on the power that individuals and organisations hold, acknowledge it and relinquish it when working with or for communities according to a new guide that aims to inform both individual and organisational practice when engaging with communities.

The new guide will help professionals to create conditions where communities can take control and become empowered. The guidance was informed by findings from focus group work with community members, community facing organisations and staff from across Public Health Wales.

It defines and then explores community engagement for empowerment, and also looks at the multiple barriers to systematic empowerment. These include community engagement practice, professional culture, positional power, national policy imperatives and public sector organisational ethos and culture.