Social Media and the Civil Service Code

The Corporate Services team held an online training session on 19th January for all staff on the use of social media. Like all civil servants, Commission staff are expected to adhere to a code which mirrors the Civil Service Code – both online and offline (for further information on Commission guidance visit the links below).

Maggie O’Boyle press officer for the Civil Service Commission opened the session with some guidance around using social media in a professional capacity, highlighting that social media is like any public forum and the same considerations apply as would to writing something or speaking, even in a personal capacity outside of work.

In the training session; Ben Fritter, Nicola Carpenter and Richard Webb took the team through the Civil Service Guidance, while also highlighting Key Messages and concerns around cyber security and the use of social media.

Peter Lawrence, Chief Executive of the Commission, said: 

“It’s important every member of staff understands what is expected of them and to recognise that even where your account says things like ‘tweeting in a personal capacity’, it does not absolve you of the requirement to follow the Code. The Code values of honesty, impartiality, integrity and objectivity apply online and offline. “

For further information about the session, please visit the links below. 

Download the Commission Slides: 

Click Here to be redirected to Social Media presentation.

Link to guidance: 

Benjamin Fritter 

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