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Freedom of Information

One day open course £397.50 (£331.25 + VAT)

trainer led webinar £180.00 (£157.50 + VAT)

 

Also available to be delivered in house

 

The Freedom of Information Act places a legal duty on public sector organisations to publish or release information on request. Organisations need to understand their legal duties, how to apply exemptions to the Act, and how Freedom of Information if done well can be a key way to engage with stakeholders.

 

This course is suitable for anyone involved in the management of freedom of information requests including:

 

freedom of information officers/leads
line managers;
Trust or Board secretaries;
governance leads;
communications staff;

or anyone involved in the management of an organisation's publication scheme.

 

You will learn:

 

the significance and spirit of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act;
how to develop and implement effective FOI systems and processes;
interpreting and applying exemptions to disclosure;
developing an effective publication scheme, and how useful that can be;
key concepts such as dealing with vexatious requests.

 

Learning will take place through presentation, Q&A sessions, group work, and exploring case studies. Like all our courses you will have access to course and assessment materials on the WuDo Moodle, as well as opportunities to ask follow up questions and access to useful materials such as:

 

a template FOI request tracker;
a template FOI policy;
resources and guidance to help you manage and respond to requests.

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Other ways to book:

Call 0330 221 0562 or email: hello@wudo.solutions

The key benefits of our training are:

  • Training delivered by experts with years of front line experience
  • Course materials are based on real life examples, and training includes case study analysis, Q&A sessions and exercises
  • Learning is tailored to your needs with our pre-course surveys
  • You get a free account with our online learning platform, the WuDo Moodle
  • Free post course support to implement your learning for six months
  • Alongside your training get materials and resources to complement what you have learned
  • You will gain practical and effective tools you can apply in your work, alongside a good grounding in the subject matter
  • Learn at your own pace, and in a way that suits you.
  • CPD points can be awarded following an optional post course assessment
  • Network with peers and fellow learners during your course, or online. 

 

This course will give you a thorough grounding in the spirit and letter of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and what it means for organisations that have a statutoty duty to respond to information requests. 

 

As well as giving you good knowledge of The FOI Act overall, it also focuses on key elements of good practice that are critically important to get right, including the application of exemptions and the distinction between class and prejudiced based reasons with withhold information. 

 

Through a combination of presentations, exercises, group work and Q&A sessions this course will give you practical, applicable tools and information that you can use to ensure your organisation is ont only compliant with the Act, but in a way that enhances its relationships with key stakeholders. 

The focus of the course is very much on giving you resources and support, rather than a purely legal or academic understanding of the Act, but also aims to bring good freedom of information to life and impress on all attendees its value to any organisation that wishes to achieve future success. 

 

Alongside gaining insight into the importance of freedom of information and its role as an enabler of organisations success, you will also gain from an intensive grounding in both the letter and spirit of the Freedom of Information Act. You will also develop practical knowledge, tips and resources you can apply immediately in your work.

 

We will work with you to ensure we understand your learning needs and objectives and ensure the course is tailored to cover these in the required depth. As part of this you will gain access to pre-course reading and materials to help you prepare for your course and give you the opportunity to plan your learning around your busy schedule.  

 

As part of your training you will also be able to connect with a community of peers – professionals like you, and benefit post-course from ongoing support from our expert trainers to help you ensure your organisation is fully compliant with its statutory duties. 

 

This course covers:

 

  • the significance and spirit of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act;
  • how to develop and implement effective FOI systems and processes;
  • interpreting and applying exemptions to disclosure;
  • the difference between class based and prejudice based exemptions;
  • the public interest test;
  • developing an effective publication scheme, and how useful that can be;
  • key concepts such as dealing with vexatious requests.
  • an introduction to Environmental Impact Regulations

 

 

Learn at your own pace:

 

Before the course:

  • Pre course survey exploring your learning needs, current level of knowledge and what you want to gain from the course
  • Access to our online leaning environment, the WuDo Moodle, with optional reading, resources, exercises and tests; and a forum to network with other attendees

 

During the course:

 

·       The course will be delivered by subject matter experts using a combination of

  • Presentation
  • Case studies;
  • Group work; 
  • Q&A sessions.
  • As part of your course you will also be encouraged to think of an improvement project you can implement in your work

After the course:

 

Continue to access the WuDo Moodle, and use the course materials and other useful resources related to your course for a further six months.

You are also encouraged to contact your trainer(s) to get their advice and support in applying your learning, and implementing your improvement project.

 

At WuDo Solutions all our courses are designed based on our expertise, experience of supporting people and organisations with information governance requirements, and in depth research into how and what people want to learn.

 

We combine this with personalised training and dedicated support to maximise the benefits of our training to you. 

 

Our trainers are all subject matter experts honed by years of experience in the field, bringing practical experience to underpin their course delivery. 

And of course there is our commitment to passing on practical tips and tools you can apply in your work, with ongoing support as part of our training package to make that a success. 

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