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Introduction to Scrutiny

This session is designed to identify the ways in which overview and scrutiny can support council and community improvement. You will explore the key role of overview and scrutiny in monitoring and improving performance and be able to lead and respond to community concerns to help shape improved services.

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

  • identify where scrutiny can add value and how it can have an impact
  • understand the importance of member led scrutiny
  • appreciate the role of overview and scrutiny ‘upstream’ in driving key improvement activities
  • set up a scrutiny work programme and use effective questioning and listening skills to make evidence based recommendations.

Take a look at the next available open Introduction to Scrutiny course.

Target audience

Councillors wishing to improve their scrutiny skills and knowledge.


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.


This course will cover:

  • introduction to overview and scrutiny: getting the most from it and where it can add value
  • the powers and role of scrutiny: who can scrutinise and what can they scrutinise
  • setting the work programme
  • setting up a scrutiny review
  • getting to the facts: questioning and listening.

To arrange an Introduction to Scrutiny course for your authority or for more information, please email or call 01962 840664.

View other suitable courses.