Part 1: Ethics and Standards

23rd March 2022 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Online via Zoom
Kirsty Lowe

ADSO are delighted to announce a new interactive, virtual course ‘Ethics and Standards.  The course will be delivered as two workshops held virtually.

This course is aimed at Democratic Services Officers who wish to develop their understanding of the legal framework within which councils operate and the practical application of this to the range of work areas undertaken by democratic services teams.  The course content will be relevant both to those who are relatively new to democratic services and officers with a few years’ experience, who may want to refresh their knowledge on ethics and standards.

How the course will be delivered
The course will be delivered virtually.  To maximise the delegates’ learning experience the course has been broken into two virtual workshops.

The workshops will

Workshop 1

  • Provide an overview of the Legal Framework
  • An overview of the Code of Conduct, together with some case studies
  • Committee on Standards in Public Life and LGA – model Code of Conduct
  • What the law says about Members’ Interests, together various case studies regarding Members’ Interests
  • Dispensations from the Monitoring Officer

Workshop 2

  • Provide a short recap of the learning from Workshop 1
  • An overview of the Standards Committees
  • Explanation of Independent Persons and their role
  • Details about complaints, Investigations and Standards Hearings, together with various case studies around complaints

The workshops will include plenary presentations, case studies and smaller group working, enabling delegates to learn with delegates from across the country.  This will also provide great opportunity for delegates to network and share contact details with each other for future reference and information sharing.

The virtual workshops will be led by Tracy Tiff. Tracy has worked in Local Government since 1995, moving to Democratic Services in 1997. She has a wealth of experience and knowledge in governance, constitution and Overview and Scrutiny.  Tracy gained valuable experience from worked at Northampton Borough Council from 2001 to 2021, transferring to the newly formed Unitary Council – West Northants Council in April 2021; where she is continuing in the field of Democratic Services.

Dates and times

Workshop 1 – 23 March 2022 – 9:30am to 12:30pm

Workshop 2 – 30 March 2022 – 9:30am to 12:30pm

Delegates are required to attend both workshops.  Please note that you only need to book on the 23 March course date to be able to attend both workshops.

How to book a place
To book a place please use the online booking form via the link below.  Please note that you will need to supply a purchase order number.  This can either be done by adding to your online booking, alternatively email the purchase order to


  • ADSO Member rate – £110 per person to attend the course
  • Non-ADSO Member rate – £160 per person to attend the course

All costs subject to VAT.

ADSO reserve up to two places on this course for an ADSO learner depending on demand – please email if you wish to be allocated a learner place.

Terms and conditions for booking can be found here – 

Virtual Platform – The virtual workshop will be held using Zoom.

If you have any questions about the course contact

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