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Freedom of Information Training

Course overview

The implications of the Freedom of Information Act in the workplace can be difficult to comprehend. But there are many instances when it will be crucial for your employees to have an understanding of the law and the role that they play in helping your organisation remain compliant.

Introduced in the UK in 2000, the Freedom of Information Act provides individuals with the right to access information held by public authorities such as government departments, local authorities, the NHS, state schools and police forces. The Act covers any recorded information held by a public authority in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and is regulated by the Information Commissioner's Office. The core principles are subject to there not being a good reason for information to remain private, the public is entitled to know about the activities of public authorities.

By the end of this 60-minute elearning module, your employees will have a better understanding of what Freedom of Information Act is and how it is applied in the workplace. You'll learn who is affected by the Act and what must be included in requests and how to reply.

This course is suitable for anyone working in any organisation that could receive an FOI request. The course deals specifically with UK regulations, although core principles and guidelines can be applied in any country.

Learning outcomes

After completing this elearning, your employees will be able to:

  • Describe and understand the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act
  • Identify how the FOI Act affects them and your organisation
  • Outline how organisations should respond to FOI requests
  • Identify when organisations can refuse requests.

This course includes guided revision questions that take the learner back through topic areas they might need further support with.

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