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Education & Resources

The Standards Commission provides training and support to councillors, members of devolved public bodies and other stakeholders to promote the Codes of Conduct and assist them in attaining the highest possible ethical standards.

Professional Briefings

The Standards Commission's quarterly Professional Briefings contain news and information on events being held and work being undertaken.  Details of projects the Standards Commission is involved in and information we have gathered from workshops and training sessions are included.  

The Professional Briefings also contain details of recent Hearings including the outcome and any learning points for councillors and members of devolved public bodies.

A brief description of the content of each Professional Briefing is outlined below. To access a particular Professional Briefing, please click the download button alongside that entry.

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Professional Briefing 15

Includes information about:

  • Details of new Advice Notes now available on our website for Councillors and Members of Devolved Public Bodies, on the Application of Article 10 of the ECHR and also on how to make declarations of interests;
  • Revised Guidance for the Councillors' Code of Conduct issued on 1 September 2017; and
  • Our Regional Roadshow events for Councillors and how you can book your place.

Learning outcomes from our recent Hearings are also included as part of our regular update on Hearings.


4th October 2017

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Professional Briefing 14

Includes information about:

  • Regional Roadshows for elected members on the Councillors’ Code of Conduct that the Standards Commission is holding later in the year in Inverness, Ayr, Glasgow and Edinburgh;
  • Details of recent Hearings; and
  • Details of an article published by the Standards Commission on the approach its Hearing Panels will take when issues concerning the application of Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) arise.  

30th June 2017

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Professional Briefing 13

Contains information about:

  • The appointment of a new Member of the Standards Commission
  • Our response to the Scottish Government consultation on changes to the Councillors' Code of Conduct
  • Learning outcomes from recent Hearings

31st March 2017

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Professional Briefing 12

Contains information about:

  • The appointment of a new Convener for the Standards Commission
  • Progress in the appointment of two new Members of the Commission
  • Learning outcomes from recent Hearings

19th December 2016

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Professional Briefing 11

Contains information about:

  • The Standards Commission's Guidance on ALEOs
  • The outcome of the survey on the way Hearings are managed and conducted
  • A dispensation granted in respect of the Aberdeen City Region Deal

29th September 2016

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Professional Briefing 10

Contains information about:

  • Our survey about the management of Hearings
  • Guidance for Councillors on Arm’s Length External Organisations
  • Learning outcomes from recent Hearings

30th June 2016

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Professional Briefing 9

Contains information about:

  • The Standards Commission's Strategic Plan for 2016/2020
  • Future plans in respect of the Guidance on the Councillors' Code of Conduct
  • A survey about the management of Hearings
  • Learning outcomes from recent Hearings

29th March 2016

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Professional Briefing 8

Contains information about:

  • Revised Guidance on the Councillors' Code of Conduct
  • The Standards Officer Workshop and the new Guidance for Members of Devolved Public Bodies
  • Health and Social Care Integration Joint Boards
  • Hearings since the last Briefing

7th January 2016

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Professional Briefing 7

Contains information about:

  • A workshop for Standards Officers;
  • The New Member of the Standards Commission;
  • The Consultation on draft Revised Guidance on the Councillors' Code of Conduct; and
  • A recent Hearing.

24th September 2015

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Professional Briefing 6

Topics covered include:

  • The outcome of a dispensation request on behalf of NESTRANS;
  • An update on Integration Joint Boards; and
  • Other work being undertaken by the Standards Commission.

30th June 2015

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Professional Briefing 5

Contains news on:

  • The granting of a dispensation for members of Health & Social Care Integration Joint Boards under both the Councillors' Code of Conduct and Health Board Members' Code;
  • Inaccurate press reporting; and
  • Learning points from a recent Hearing.

 


12th March 2015

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Professional Briefing 4

Topics covered include:

  • An overview of the launch of the Revised Guidance for the Model Code of Conduct for Devolved Public Bodies; and
  • The outcomes of five Hearings held since the last Professional Briefing. 

23rd October 2015

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Professional Briefing 3

Provides an update on:

  • Feedback from the Monitoring Officer / Standards Officer workshops; and
  • The subsequent action plan arising for the Standards Commission.

 


23rd October 2015

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Professional Briefing 2

Contains:

  • A review of two past cases dealt with by the Standards Commission; and
  • Notes highlighting considerations for councillors around Declaration of Interests and Use of Council Facilities. 

23rd October 2015

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Professional Briefing 1

Topics covered include:

  • Feedback from a survey on the views of councillors in respect of the Ethical Standards Framework, including a summary of the survey questions, an overall view of the results, where further guidance may be helpful and next steps for the Standards Commission; and
  • Ideas for improvements to be taken forward by the Standards Commission.

23rd October 2015

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