How might the Nolan Principles apply to community professionals?

Very interested to read about The Seven Principles of Public Life (also known as the Nolan Principles).

The Seven Principles of Public Life outline the ethical standards those working in the public sector are expected to adhere to. They were first set out by Lord Nolan in 1995 in the first report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life and they are included in a range of codes of conduct across public life.

Have a read and then:

  1. Replace “holders of public office” with “Community Advocates” (or use another second more preferable word, such as Builders, Managers, Leaders, Executives, Engineers, Designers etc)
  2. Replace “public” with “community”.

Try it yourself and see what you think. It makes for an interesting read and reflection.

And I reckon all seven make for an excellent set of principles for any community professional:

  • Selflessness
  • Integrity
  • Objectivity
  • Accountability
  • Openness
  • Honesty
  • Leadership

What do you think?


Oh, I like this.

(Even if I feel our PM doesn’t stick to these principles :roll_eyes:)

I wonder what this would look like in practice?

@jaCattell might be interested in this too.

Funnily enough, I’d started typing a reply to your post @simon_tomes and then got distracted by something else (ADHD, FTW!!)

Thanks for the nudge @rosiesherry :slightly_smiling_face: (you’re good at nudging :+1:t2:).

I’ve found a series of short videos by the Committee on Standards in Public Life and have created a Twitter thread that shows them all (they’re all under 2 minutes long).

As a Civil Servant, I’m more familiar with the Civil Service code, which lays out how we’re expected to carry out our role with dedication and a commitment.

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