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Data Protection Policy

Published 25 May 2018

This policy describes how the Commissioner will handle personal data.


Annual Business Plan 2018-19

Published 18 Apr 2018

This Business Plan details how the Commissioner for Ethical Standards will work to achieve his strategic objectives during the period April 2018 to March 2019.

Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland - good practice in planning and assessment for a Chair appointment round

Published 06 Nov 2017

This report summarises the planning phase for this appointment round as well as highlighting a particularly innovative approach to assessment. A mix of methods were used including simulated activities with high levels of validity leading to a successful outcome.

CESPLS Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17

Published 30 Oct 2017

The Commissioner for Ethical Standards' annual report and accounts for 2016-17 as laid before the Scottish Parliament on 30 October 2017.

CESPLS Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17

Published 16 Oct 2017

The Commissioner for Ethical Standards' annual report and accounts for 2016-17 as laid before the Scottish Parliament on 16 October 2017.

2016 Applicant Research

Published 12 Oct 2017

Following the last annual applicant research in 2015, we discussed and agreed with the Scottish Government a different method of obtaining applicant views. Since May 2016 we have been gathering the views of applicants on a round by round basis, rather than annually. This report provides an annual summary of the views expressed in the individual round reports and also reports on the learning that has taken place by understanding applicant views under this round by round approach. We are grateful to those who provided time and effort giving invaluable feedback which formed the basis of the findings.

Scottish Housing Regulator Chair and members round - good practice in planning and publicity

Published 13 Sep 2017

This report summarises the planning phase for this appointment round and highlights a particularly innovative approach to attraction. The body used its Twitter feed to highlight the opportunities and the body and the Scottish Government ran two early evening open events so that people could find out more about the roles available and how to apply.

SHAP Diversity Calendar Handbook for 2018

Published 12 Sep 2017

This is the SHAP Diversity Calendar Handbook for 2018. It gives guidance on using the diversity calendars for the same period.



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