Freedom of Information

Empower your employees to comply with the Freedom of Information Act 2000

Key Learning Points:

  • What a freedom of information request is
  • How to respond to a request for information
  • What a request for information should contain
  • What can/cannot be disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act
  • How to respond to an Environmental Information Regulation request
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Course Overview

This online training course enables learners to understand what freedom of information is and how it applies to them. The course is specifically designed to prepare employees to appropriately deal with FOI requests received by organisations.

This course also encourages learners to think about how the Freedom of Information Act 2000 applies in a number of different scenarios and how it affects them.

Course Details

  • Course duration: 20 minutes
  • CPD-certified
  • Certificate on completion
  • Course can be tailored using Adapt Authoring Tool

Course Contents

This online training course on Freedom of Information is broken down into two main topics.

What is the Freedom of Information Act?
What is the Freedom of Information Act?
This topic explores what the Freedom of Information Act is and what it covers. The information contained within the course will enable learners to understand the key areas that the Act covers, how it applies and works across the UK, the key aims and objectives of the Act, who it applies to, and what information is covered in the Act.
Applying the Freedom of Information Act
Applying the Freedom of Information Act
It is important to understand that any written communication can potentially be a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act. This topic enables learners to uncover how to apply their knowledge of the Freedom of Information Act in a number of different situations, including requests for information and good records management.

Who Should Take This Course?

This general awareness course on dealing with Freedom of Information requests appropriately is recommended for employees at all levels and is particularly beneficial for employees working for public authorities such as local authorities, the National Health Service (NHS), state schools and higher education institutions.

  • Sales Executives
  • Sales Managers
  • Marketing Coordinators
  • Marketing Managers
  • Customer Services Personnel

The Assessment

Learners are tested on their knowledge throughout the course with short quizzes and feedback on the answers. The course concludes with a short assessment test where they will need to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding by answering 80% of the questions correctly to pass the course successfully. Learners can also take the assessment again to improve their score.

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Freedom of Information Act Training

The Freedom of Information Act covers all recorded information regardless of what form it is recorded in or how long it has been held. The Act is designed to encourage openness and transparency in the way public bodies work, and to promote accountability in decision making and public expenditure.

Whenever public authorities receive a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, they must take care to respect the requirements of the Act whilst not breaching other legislation concerning privacy laws. Organisations must ensure that their employees are equipped with the knowledge and understanding to deal with FOI requests.

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FAQ's

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What is the Freedom of Information Act?
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 is designed to offer the public access to information held by public authorities. The Act works on the principles that members of the public are entitled to request information from public authorities and public authorities are obliged to publish certain information about their activities. Recorded information that can be requested includes printed documents, computer files, letters, emails, photographs, and sound or video recordings.
How long do you have to reply to a Freedom of Information request?
Any individual has the right to request information from a public authority. The only condition for the request to be valid under the Freedom of Information Act is that it must be in writing. A public authority normally has 20 working days to respond to a request. When responding to a request, authorities have two main duties - they must tell the individual whether they hold any information falling within the scope of their request and to provide that information.
Are all FOI requests valid?
As per the Information Commissioners Office (ICO), for a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to be valid under the Freedom of Information Act, it must be in writing. Essentially, any letter or email to a public authority asking for information is a request for recorded information under the Act.

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