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ADSO – Overview and Scrutiny

ADSO is hosting it’s highly popular course ‘Overview and Scrutiny’.  The course will be delivered as two, virtual three-hour workshops.  Delegates will be required to attend both.


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 in two workshops to maximise delegates learning experience.

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.
  • Explore ideas for measuring effectiveness.

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

Tracy Tiff 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 Unitary Council – West Northants Council in April 2021; where she is continuing in the field of Democratic Services.

Peter Foulsham is the Democratic Services and Scrutiny Manager at Wyre Council, where he has worked for seventeen years, previously as the Scrutiny Officer.  Peter has been involved in training and development throughout his working life and has worked with ADSO in this role over the past eight or nine years.  Peter is also an assessor on ADSO’s Diploma in Local Democracy.

Date and time

Workshop One: Monday 24th June 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm
Workshop Two: Thursday 27th June 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm

Delegates are required to attend both workshops.  Please note that you only need to book on 24th June course date to be able to attend both workshops.


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

Please email 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. The terms and conditions of booking can be found here.

Booking requirements

  • A purchase order number is required for all bookings.  Please make the PO out to ADSO.  Courses cannot be attended if a purchase order is not received.
  • A hardcopy of the purchase order is required.
  • Please provide us with your ADSO Membership number (if applicable)
  • A few days after booking you will receive a calendar invite for the workshop(s).  Please note that your email address will be visible to all participants unless you advise us otherwise.
  • Please send the above information to


24 Jun 2024


9:30 AM - 12:30 PM



Virtual Event


Virtual via Zoom


East Midlands Councils