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Introduction to Scottish Freedom of Information

Introduction to Scottish Freedom of Information

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Product Overview
  • Introductory level course designed for those who are new to FOISA and request handling and reviews
  • 2 half day course delivered live online from 09:30 to 13:00
  • 6 hours of continuous professional development (CPD)
  • Digital copy of materials 
  • Optional For Your Information digital badge of achievement issued on course completion.
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The course content and any assessments are broadly equivalent to learning at a level 3 to 4 on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).

Course Overview

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 create a range of obligations for Scottish public authorities.

This course introduces the key concepts and practicalities of day-to-day FOISA compliance.

The course is specifically designed to support colleagues who are new to FOISA and tasked with handling requests and reviews.

Course Content

FOI Key concepts

Key concepts and definitions and understanding what information is in scope of the legislation. Differences between Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004. Providing advice and assistance.

Rights of review and appeal

Internal review process and appeals to the Scottish Information Commissioner.

Handling requests

Validity of requests. Tracking, monitoring and managing the process. Providing advice and assistance. Timescales, cost limits and fees. The information search. Content of responses. Internal review processes.

Exemptions and exceptions

Overview of key exemptions and exceptions and how to apply them.

  • "Really enjoyed the course. I'm new to FOI and Frank helped calm my nerves on taking this on. No jargon and a straight, sensible approach".

  • "Frank really made the course personal and relevant to each person's requirements which made all the difference".

  • "Frank had me engaged from the start. He was great and I found this course really useful in understanding Freedom of Information".