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Overview and Scrutiny - training and support from SEE

Overview and Scrutiny is at the heart of the councillor's role as an elected representative. It is the function which the majority of members will be engaged in, providing the power to hold the executive to account and a duty to review policies and public services on behalf of the public.

Whether you are directly involved or not, every councillor will be affected by the work of Overview and Scrutiny. SEE is a leading provider of training and expertise around Overview and Scrutiny. We are here to help councillors and also those officers working within this function.

We are currently running the following courses:

As well as running numerous workshops focusing on key skills required of scrutiny such as Creating Effective Work plans Questioning Skills, Scrutinising and influencing Partnerships we also have other forms of development to support scrutiny functions:

  • Supporting Scrutiny Reviews: Focused, highly tailored work on supporting scrutiny functions which is very effective and cost-effective. Outside support during an important scrutiny review can provide timely interventions supporting an effective process and outcomes

  • Scrutiny Development:Peer Learning Group. Bringing "scrutineers" together to focus on key challenges and opportunities for their scrutiny functions. Working in small groups of between 8 and 10 the group will meet 3 times with an experienced facilitator to work on key issues that need progressing and may be presenting particular challenges and will focus on "fitness for purpose" of scrutiny in the current climate.

  • Mentoring and Coaching of Scrutiny Chairs and Officers. These improvement- focused, personalised interventions have a track record of success and impact and can be a very cost effective intervention

We also provide reviews and evaluations of the Overview and Scrutiny function.

"SEE provided a through review and an excellent and helpful report into the Council's scrutiny arrangements. We certainly get value for money" New Forest District Council

The training courses above are purely indicative. Overview and Scrutiny support is usually developed on a bespoke basis delivered by SEE consultants and our accredited Councillor peers.

In addition to our training and consultancy services, we offer advice and information to our member authorities, and run a free Local Democracy and Accountability Network to help support Overview and Scrutiny practitioners across the region.

To discuss your requirements regarding Overview and Scrutiny, please contact or call 01962 840664.