Training and events

The Centre for Public Scrutiny’s expert training helps equip those involved in scrutiny and oversight with the skills, knowledge and confidence to challenge effectively, and support organisational improvement.

Our open courses run throughout the year and focus on specialist topics such as health and financial scrutiny to skills-based sessions including questioning skills. The courses cover a range from introductory to more advanced training for experienced practitioners.

All the training is based on high-quality research, best practice and extensive experience of supporting organisations to improve their governance and scrutiny.

Our national conferences offer an opportunity for councillors and officers to collect and discuss some of the most pressing issues affecting scrutiny and governance. These popular events are great for learning, networking and framing the work you do within a national context. 

All courses and events can be easily booked online at:

In-house training

CfPS delivers high-quality training to small groups of specific individuals (e.g. chairs) to whole teams and departments. Our training is tailored to our clients’ needs – ranging from light touch evening sessions to intensive programmes tackling specific issues, such as children’s safeguarding, over the course of several days. In-house training can often be more cost-effective than sending multiple delegates to open courses. The training CfPS delivers in-house include:

  • Questioning skills
  • Understanding evidence and data
  • Scrutinising council performance
  • Financial scrutiny
  • Using digital to improve scrutiny
  • Scrutinising children’s safeguarding arrangements
  • Introduction to scrutiny
  • Expert chairing skills
  • Understanding corporate parenting
  • Introduction to health and social care scrutiny
  • Health and social care masterclass
  • Scrutinising complex delivery vehicles
  • Scrutinising council assets and investments

Courses are either delivered by CfPS staff or one of our highly experienced consultants. Click here to view our current Training and Consultancy Brochure.


If the training you require isn’t listed here then please get in touch on 020 3866 5100 to discuss your requirements. For more information please contact Susan Vaughan020 3866 5100.