The DPAS advanced practitioner certificate, includes an in-depth deep dive into common FOI issues experienced by practitioners over the past 2 years. The course includes a look into a significant number of exemptions that can be used across public sector organisations. This is a 4-day course aimed at those with a practitioner level certificate (or experience) or above.
This course can be tailored to your organisation. Units can be added or removed depending on the level of training required.
There is a huge need to provide adequate training on the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and its implications for public and private sector organisations, as well as to individuals. The Act contains requirements for the publication of information held by, or held on behalf of, public authorities. These requirements include the publication and maintenance of publication schemes, the need to respond to requests for information and disclose information requested subject to the appropriate application of legal exemptions.
The aim of the syllabus is to give practitioners up-to-date knowledge of the Act, review case studies using ICO decision notices and to show delegates why cases may have been dealt with under EIR and not FOI or vise versa. The course covers ‘deep dives’ into the following sections of the Act.
Unit 1 - Section 40 - Personal Data.
Reach intuitive understanding of what the new definition of personal is
Understanding the importance and seriousness of an improper release of personal data
Understanding how to read S40 (updated because of UK GDPR)
Understanding how to apply fist data protection principle to releases
Doing a legitimate interest balancing test
Unit 2 – Section 39 – EIR
Understand how the ICO separates EIR from FOI, with worked examples
to come up with a list of factors
Unit 3 – Section 14 – Vexaxious Requests
Understand what the ICO accepts as vexatious
Learn to gather and present evidence
How to be impartial and to undertake a balancing test
Application of S14 to burdensome requests
Unit 4 – Section 12 – Cost Limits
Unit 5 – Section 8 – Valid Requests
Unit 6 – Section 22 – Future Publication
Unit 7 – Section 30 – Investigations
Unit 8 – Section 31 – Law Enforcement
Unit 9 – Section 36 – Effective Conduct of Public Affairs
Unit 10 – Section 38 – Health and Safety
Unit 11 – Section 41 – Confidence
Unit 12 – Section 42 – Legel Privilege
Unit 13 – Section 43 – Commercial
Unit 14 – Data sets
Unit 15 – Publication Scheme
Contact us for the full syllabus.
The course takes 4 days to complete and will be held virtually.
You will need access to Microsoft Teams and OneDrive throughout the course. All documents will be shared via OneDrive and sessions will be held via Teams.
The course will start at 9:00 am and finish at 4:30 pm.
Our course is great for
This qualification is primarily aimed at those who are managing or responding to requests for information from the public or working in this subject area, for instance Information Managers.
This qualification is likely to be of particular benefit to those working in the following areas:
Data Protection and Privacy
Information Governance, risk and compliance
Directors/Senior Managers with Data Protection responsibilities
Legal and procurement