Event: Seminar: Being an Effective Councillor: Harassment, Bullying & Respecting Diversity for Councillors

5 Dec 2017, 09:30–15:30
LGiU, 251/255 Pentonville Road, London N1 9NG (5 mins walk from King's Cross Station)

Early Bird LGiU Members: £224.95 +VAT

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About the seminar:

This seminar will also include a free copy of Jacqueline Mansell’s publication: Bullying and harassment of adults.

Research has indicated that a significant number of UK employees have experienced some sort of harassment. Early in 2017, The Fawcett Society on behalf of the Local Government Commission had found sexism still prevalent. Bullying is recorded as being on the rise and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development identified that the cost to industry is upwards of £2 Billion a year.

Respect for diversity is enshrined within the law & when organisations and individuals fail to comply, the costs can be high: Aside from legal costs there are hidden harmful costs which cannot be quantified including damage to the reputation of individuals and to the public image and reputation of the council. In turn, this has a destructive effect upon the psychological wellbeing of individuals and groups, the loyalty of employees, the trust of customers, the wider community and others.

Therefore, this seminar is intended to heighten awareness and address the areas shown by first understanding the cause and effects of behaviour and cultural norms. In turn the seminar shifts to considering and promoting positive behaviour and the roles and responsibilities of Councillors in contributing to an effective and successful culture.

A range of appropriate learning methods will be incorporated into the programme including opportunities to share and build upon existing experience.

Participants will:

  • Recognise the building blocks key to fully functioning organisations
  • Develop understanding of the reasons for people’s behaviour
  • Comprehend fundamentals concerning prejudice, stereotyping and bias
  • Examine harassment and bullying – conditions, cause, effects and consequence
  • Have an insight into important concepts such as direct/indirect discrimination, etc.
  • Recognise moral responsibility and that under equalities legislation in setting standards of behaviour
  • Identify resolutions.


9.30     Registration. Refreshments upon arrival

10.00   Introduction

            Creating Heightened Awareness

Setting the scene

The case for addressing harassment, bullying and discrimination

Exploring and understanding people’s behaviour

  • Morning Break (20 minutes) 

11.50   Exploring and understanding people’ behaviour continued

Treating others with respect

  • Lunch (45 minutes)
  • Challenging Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination


Exploring contributing factors and resolutions

15.30   Close

*Please note the timings and content of the programme are shown here to provide a guide and may be adapted to reflect the learning styles and needs of participants and to accommodate unforeseen or other circumstances.

Who should attend?

This seminar will be of value to all elected members irrespective of their position within their local authority.


Jacqueline Mansell MA., BSc (Hons)., FSET., Chartered FCIPD., CPsychol. Chartered Psychologist and L&D Facilitator.

Jacqueline is a professional personal development management, training management and equalities facilitator and trainer with over 20 years’ experience in these disciplines. She has a strong track record working with elected Members where for many years her position involved contributing to setting strategy and designing Member development programmes for 46 councils.