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Practical Law survey: risk and compliance training programmes

Alice Southall

23 Aug 2019

The Practical Law In-house team has published numerous items on aspects of whistleblowing over the past few years, but whistleblowing’s geekier cousin, training, has received less attention.

Training is like rewiring your house when you move in: it costs a lot of money and, when it’s done properly, nobody really notices. It doesn’t generate the headlines that compliance breaches do, but it’s a crucial way of reducing the likelihood of those costly events.

As the frequency of such headlines show, there is no simple and foolproof way of avoiding a compliance breach. However, an article I have published on Practical Law, ‘Training as a compliance tool: measuring effectiveness’, outlines some expert suggestions on how to make compliance training effective, covering format, frequency and metrics. It also sets out some statistics on how the effectiveness of different training formats is rated, both by those responsible for creating and delivering training, and those receiving it. They may surprise you.

An interesting point for me is that it is unclear from my research how much responsibility UK legal and compliance teams bear for compliance training within their organisations. The survey reports and other sources I have found, while illuminating, are either not focused on that group, or are not UK-specific, or both (if you know of a source that I have overlooked, do let me know!).

In the interests of finding out what UK organisations are really doing to stay out of the headlines—and how prominent a role their legal and compliance teams play—we have designed a survey investigating:

  • Which topics are included in organisations’ risk & compliance training programmes?
  • Which groups within the organisation are required to take that training?
  • Who is responsible for creating and delivering training: is it the legal and compliance team(s); HR; learning & development – or someone else?
  • Which training formats are organisations using?

Share your views

Please follow this link to answer these questions, and others, and to share your opinions on the best and worst training you have ever received.

Practical Law will share some of your (anonymised) comments alongside data about how your peers are approaching compliance training a few weeks after the survey closes on 8 October 2019.

As a thank you for taking the time to give us your views, you will have the chance to enter a prize draw for the chance either to win one of ten £25 Amazon vouchers or to have Thomson Reuters donate £25 to one of a number of available charities on your behalf.

The Prize Draw Terms and Conditions are here. Please note that the Prize Draw is open only to UK residents.

Completing this survey should take no more than five minutes of your time. The information provided will help us understand how our readership’s organisations structure their compliance training programmes and what resources would be useful, and allow us to provide insights that may help benchmark and improve your organisations programmes.

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