Supporting Resources



The Information Commissioner's Office is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. The website includes a range of guidance for practitioners on topics such as Freedom of Information, Data Protection and the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations.

The National Cyber Security Centre's guidance webpages provide valuable advice for organisations.  An excellent introduction to the topic: '10 Steps to Cyber Security' outlines the basic cyber security procedures to protect your organisation from cyber attacks.

The National Archives information management webpages provide a wide range of guidance and standards for information management professionals, as well as useful tools such as the Information Management Self-Assessment Tool.


Sector Specific Guidance

Local Government

Scottish Council on Archives Records Retention Schedules (SCARRS) provide model retention schedules reflecting the functions of Scottish local authorities.

Local Government Association Records Retention Tool provides retention guidance for English councils. Please note you need to be signed in as a member of an organisation subscribed to the LG Inform Plus programme to access the records retention tool.


NHS Digital Information Governance guidance, contains guidance designed to help health and care organisations meet the standards required to handle care information.


Information and Records Management Society Records Management Toolkit for Schools has been created to assist schools to manage their information in line with the current legislative frameworks.

Higher and Further Education

JISC infoNet's Business Classification Scheme and Records Retention Schedule provides a generic 'map' of the functions and activities undertaken by Higher and Further Education institutions and provides statutory or recommended retention periods for the records produced by each activity.


Other resource material

Cyber Resiliance, Department for Communities and Local Government

Don't Risk It! Know Your Records Campaign

Don't Risk It! Risk Management training

Record retention schedule example

Office365 - some suggestions for success

Office365 periodic table (what products you get)

Tips on giving presentations


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