Standards in Public Life | NALC - SLCC - DAPTC Focus

DAPTC is helping raise awareness of conduct issues and how councils can help themselves resolve local issues.

This page is dedicated to the initiatives that DAPTC, SLCC and NALC are progressing to improve the standards of conduct in the sector.

You will find below details of the Civility & respect Pledge and we'd love your council to sign up to this. Furthermore there are new training solutions specifically to help councils and individuals demonstrate leadership and behaviours to support the Nolan Principals.

These courses are available in different formats to suit your learning style. Courses are below using the links to book delegates in the normal way. 

Civility and Respect Project

Take the Pledge

Please add to your council agendas.....

Sign Up Now To The Civility & Respect Pledge
It is evident the vast majority of councillors and officers want to maintain the highest standards of conduct at their council, but unfortunately there are still too many examples of poor behaviour across our sector.

 

In councils where councillors, the clerk, and staff work in harmony, considerable benefits are provided for the local community and there are many excellent examples of this.

 

Unfortunately, as we know only too well in our sector there is, and has been a problem with lack of civility and respect in some councils, leading to bullying and harassment. Although this is in the minority it is nonetheless significant and can have a serious detrimental impact on the well-being of those involved, the functionality and finances of the council, as well as the local community.

 

There is no place for bullying, harassment, and intimidation within our sector and signing up to the Civility and Respect Pledge is one of the ways a council can demonstrate that it is committed to standing up to poor behaviour across our sector, and to demonstrate positive changes which support civil and respectful conduct.

 

By signing the pledge, your council is agreeing that it will treat councillors, clerks, employees, members of the public, representatives of partner organisations, and volunteers with civility and respect in their roles, and it:
  • Has put in place a training programme for councillors and staff
  • Has signed up to the Code of Conduct for councillors
  • Has good governance arrangements in place including staff contracts and a dignity at work policy
  • Will seek professional help at early stages should civility and respect issues arise
  • Will commit to calling out bullying and harassment if and when it happens
  • Will continue to learn from best practice in the sector and aspire to being a role model/champion council
  • Supports the continued lobbying for change in legislation to support civility and respect, including sanctions for elected members where appropriate
We invite all councils to include an agenda item to review the statements and sign up to the Civility and Respect Pledge.
Civility & Respect Newsletters

No. 1 November 2021

No. 2 February 2022

No. 3 August 2022 

                      No. 5 November 2022 

 

 

 

We invite all councils to include an agenda item to review the statements and sign up to the Civility and Respect Pledge.

 

TAKE THE PLEDGE 

 

New E-learning module developed here in the South West - click here to find out more 

Training Courses to Support Maintaining Standards in Public Life

Standards in Public life refresher for new & existing Clerks and Officers

DAPTC via Zoom on-line

7 Feb 23 - 10:00 to 11:00

Clerks and officers in Dorset

Standards in Public life refresher for existing Councillors

DAPTC via Zoom on-line

21 Feb 23 - 18:30 to 19:30

For Elected Members in Dorset. £22/delegate

Standards in Public life refresher for existing Councillors

DAPTC via Zoom on-line

14 Mar 23 - 17:00 to 18:00

For Elected Members in Dorset. £22/delegate

Standards in Public life refresher for existing Councillors

DAPTC via Zoom on-line

4 Apr 23 - 18:30 to 19:30

For Elected Members in Dorset. £22/delegate

Standards in Public life refresher for new & existing Councillors

DAPTC via Zoom on-line

25 Apr 23 - 17:00 to 18:00

For Elected Members in Dorset. £22/delegate

Standards in Public life refresher for existing Councillors

DAPTC via Zoom on-line

16 May 23 - 18:30 to 19:30

For Elected Members in Dorset. £22/delegate

Standards in Public life refresher for existing Councillors

DAPTC via Zoom on-line

6 Jun 23 - 17:00 to 18:00

For Elected Members in the Dorset Council Area. £22/delegate