Part 2: Overview and Scrutiny

16th November 2021 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Online via Zoom
Kirsty Lowe

ADSO are delighted to announce the launch the interactive, virtual course ‘Overview and Scrutiny’.  The course will be delivered as two, two and half hour to three hour workshops held virtually.  Delegates will be required to attend both of the virtual workshops.

This course is aimed at Democratic Services Officers who wish to develop their understanding of the main principles, roles and methodology of overview and scrutiny.  The target audience will be those who need an introduction to overview and scrutiny to equip them with the basics to support Overview and Scrutiny Committees and task and finish groups.

The content is also linked to Module 7 of the ADSO Certificate so it will help learners with their research for this module.

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

  • Provide an understanding of the relevant legislation underpinning overview and scrutiny
  • Provide an understanding of the roles and principles of good scrutiny
  • Explore ideas about how to put together a Scrutiny Work Programme
  • Explore how to scope a scrutiny review
  • Consider the principles of good questioning

The workshops will include plenary presentations and smaller group working, enabling delegates to learn with delegates from across the country.

The virtual workshops will be led by Peter Foulsham and Katherine Harclerode.

Peter is the Democratic Services and Scrutiny Manager at Wyre Council in Lancashire, and spent twelve years as a Scrutiny Officer.  He is an assessor on the ADSO Diploma in Local Democracy and also supports ADSO’s training programme.

Katherine supports scrutiny as a Governance Advisor at Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council in South Yorkshire. She is a Joint Regional Representative of ADSO. After her first role as a professional forensic interviewer of children, she was a university instructor for ten years and a corporate trainer at General Dynamics for five years.

Date and time
Part 1:  9 November 2021, 9:30 – 12:30

Part 2:  16 November 2021, 9:30 – 12:30

Delegates are required to attend both workshops.  Please note that you only need to book on the 9 November course date to be able to attend both workshops.


  • 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 contact us if you wish to be allocated a learner place.

How to book a place
To book a place please use the online booking form via the link below:—Overview-and-Scrutiny/79097

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  The Terms and conditions of 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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