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Scrutiny Skills

This is a practical session designed to help Councillors develop the skills they need to be effective members of overview and scrutiny committees and panels. Participants will be encouraged to develop their expertise in a range of techniques to support a useful and successful scrutiny function.

By the end of the workshop, Councillors will be able to:

  • chair scrutiny meetings
  • use a range of questioning techniques
  • understand their role as influencers and be able to use influencing skills
  • evaluate evidence and sources of evidence
  • effectively project manage and scope an in depth review or investigation (the ten steps to a successful in depth scrutiny review or investigation).

The course will consist of some input (around 20-25 minutes) from the facilitator and a number of group discussions and practical exercises. Participants will be encouraged to draw up an action plan to apply some of the skills and knowledge learnt.


Mark Palmer, Development Director, SEE

About us

SEE is a Regional Employers' Organisation. We offer advice to local authorities across the south east, in addition to a range of training, development and consultancy opportunities tailored to your needs.


Content will include:

  • the importance of chairing a scrutiny meeting effectively
  • techniques for managing a scrutiny meeting
  • questioning skills
  • how to influence
  • evaluating evidence
  • project managing in depth reviews.

This will be a bespoke session and the host council will identify the type of skills area to be the focus for each session.


To arrange a Scrutiny Skills course for your authority, or for further information, please email or call 01962 840664.

View other development opportunities for Councillors.