Governance principles

Nine principles for the governance and delivery of SNAP have been identified. These are based on important learning from SNAP 1 and the SNAP 2 development process.

The nine Governance Principles are: 

  1. SNAP should be a collaboration between government, other duty bearers, civil society, and people with lived experience of human rights issues.
  2. The Scottish Government should play a leadership role in SNAP as the key organisation with human rights obligations in Scotland, and this leadership should be enabling and empowering, rather than top-down and directive.
  3. People with lived experience must be given real decision-making and governance power on an equal footing with other people – power imbalances between people with lived experience and paid professionals should be actively acknowledged and addressed.
  4. People with lived experience should have their time and expertise recognised, acknowledged and valued, including through appropriate financial compensation.
  5. Civil society organisations should have their time and expertise recognised, acknowledged and valued through appropriate financial compensation.
  6. Rights holders should be meaningfully involved throughout the design, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of SNAP actions, and in SNAP governance structures.
  7. Governance and delivery structures should be as simple and streamlined as possible, and they should have clearly articulated roles and responsibilities for everyone to see.
  8. SNAP should be accessible, visible and accountable to people across Scotland through proactive and inclusive communications and appropriate reporting. This could include a formal accountability relationship with the Scottish Parliament.  
  9. Dedicated, independent secretariat support is needed to ensure the effective governance and delivery of SNAP, including support for rights holders’ participation and administration of events and meetings.

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