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Freedom of Information FOI Training: All you need to know

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Freedom of Information training covering all you need to know about FOI.

New to Freedom of Information (FOI) and not sure how to manage requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000? Want to understand what the purpose of freedom of information act is or who does the freedom of information act apply to? Or are you looking at raising the profile of the freedom of information process in your place of work? Then this one day Freedom of Information FOI training course is the right one for you. 


Freedom of Information Training Course Overview

This one day course will help you understand, what is the freedom of information act 2000, the purpose of freedom of information act, who does the freedom of information act apply to, what is a freedom of information request and how to manage requests efficiently, logging requests and how to respond to the them.

Following on by freedom of information act exemptions and how to identifying and apply them. The process around internal reviews, tribunal cases and appeals.

At the end of the course you will have a Freedom of information act 2000 summary to support the development of policies and process. How to improve processes and have good working relationships with colleagues. Consequences of breaching the freedom of information act 2000.

Who should attend?

This course is for new and existing Freedom of Information Administrators, Officers and Managers or a professional that has experience of the role. Delegates might also include Information Governance Professionals or their deputies, or anyone working in support of the Freedom of Infomation Officer role. 


What our clients said about the course

Examples and cases that the group worked through. Great to have a course leader with such detailed understanding and relevant experience..

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Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT

Assistant Company Secretary

It was great having an expert to ask questions, the template letters were amazing. I have lots of action points to take away.

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Central Government

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FOI Course Programme

9.15 - 9:30Refreshments and Registration
9.30 - 10:00Welcome Aims & Objectives
What do you know about FOI?
History of FOI - Background to law,
Right to be informed – what does this mean?
What the requesters rights are, what you actually have to tell the requester
10.00 - 11:30What information is subject to FOI?
Obligations: Publication Scheme, Confirm or Deny
Who can make a request and how
How to identify a request, Valid requests, Timescales
Duty to provide advice and assistance
Is there a cost - limits. What do we do with these requests?
Refusing Requests - Not Held, Vexatious, Repeated, Cost Exceeds, Exemptions apply
11.30 - 13:00Exemptions – types 8 Absolute exemptions
16 Qualified exemptions plus the s25 certificates
Absolute and Qualified Exemptions
Public Interest Test (PIT) What this is and how to undertake
13.00 - 13:30Lunch
13.30 - 14.30 Guidelines and what happens next?
S45 and S46 Code of Practice
Complaints – Internal Reviews
ICO process and actions
Appeals and Tribunals
14.30 - 16.00Governance, Logging Handling and Replying to requests
Policies and Procedures
Tenders, Bid information and Contracts
Access to Deceased records, Salaries and Expenses
"Other legislation – EIR and GDPR/DPA2018
Learning from Decision Notices, Training and Staff Awareness
16:00 - 16:30Summary and close
FOI Virtual Training Dates

TrainerStart DateEnd Date Cost Book
Debbie Topping22/Mar/21 £375Book
Debbie Topping11/May/21 £375Book
All prices are subject to VAT
We offer this course as Inhouse Training. Scroll down the page for more information
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In House Training
Leadership Through Data provide bespoke training courses that are custom made to your needs. Bespoke courses provide an exclusive learning and development opportunity.

Our expert trainers provide specialist training for your employees within your company either face to face or virtually. Oue virtual platform has been increasingly popular with our clients, as it reduces the cost for trainer travelling expenses and would also reduce your companies carbon footprint. All delegates will be able to see their trainer and fellow delegates as you would in a meeting room and talk to them live.   

We offer our services through a number of cost effective packages, (Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze) for as little as 6 employees to 15 employees per training session.

If you did not find the course you are looking please contact us and we can discuss and design the right course for you. For a no obligation quote, email or call Sharon, Client Relationship Manager on 07593 438646 or 01206 807267

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Bronze Package

This package is offered as a ‘Virtual Training Environment’ only.
This works particularly well for small numbers but there needs to be a minimum of 6. 
This package includes:
PDF Workbook 
6 CPD Points
Attendance Certificate

Silver Package

This package provides face to face or virtual taining for 8 people for a one-day course.
Additional Delegates can be added at a reduced cost.
This package includes:
LTD Workbook & Pen 
6 CPD points 
Attendance Certificate

Gold Package

This package allows you to train up to 15 members of your staff on your site or virtually. This option provides you with the most cost-effective way for inhouse training for a greater number of staff.
This package includes:
LTD Workbook Delegate Pack 
LTD Pen 
6 CPD Points 
Attendance Certificate

Platinum Package

This package includes a short consultancy period along with any other training package. This package allows you the opportunity to contact the trainer for any questions or ongoing support that arises after the training session has finished. This equates to 4 hours of the trainer’s time. It must be used within 4-weeks. Client have utilised this service for roughly 1 hour per week over a 4 period.

Q & A

When will I be advised of the venue location?

Exact location are sent out via email, two weeks before the course, we would therefore advise you not to book accommodation until the venue is confirmed.

What happens if the course is cancelled?

To try to avoid cancelling face to face courses, however if the number of delegates is below 5 we will offer this a virtual course instead. 

Do you offer any course discounts?

Yes we offer a 10% discount for the primary delegate if you book more than one person from the same organisation at the same time.
We offer 20% off on selected course for promotional offers. 

Will I get a recognised qualification?

As part of our accreditation with the CPD accreditation group, you will receive 6 or 12 CPD points for each course attended.
The Certificate in Managing Data Protection Complaince is the second qualification of a suite of 3 data protection qualifications.