Elected Member Guidance and Briefings

The Elected Members' Briefing Series has been developed by the IS to help elected members keep apace with key issues affecting local government. A list of all briefing notes published is below.


While some briefing notes are directly produced by IS staff, we also work with a wide range of public bodies, commentators and observers of public services to produce materials. If you are interested in contributing to our Briefing Series, please contact David Barr.


You might also be interested in information for elected members from other organisations we work with.



Why is Violence Against Women and Girls a Community Justice Issue?

(read a summary of this briefing)

Cover of the briefing note on 'why is violence against women and girls a community justice issue?'

Fairer Scotland Duty

(a summary of this briefing is also available)

Cover of the briefing note on the Fairer Scotland Duty

Commercial Sexual Exploitation

Preventing & Eradicating Domestic Abuse