Appreciative scrutiny

Posted on 01/01/2012 by Su Turner. Tags: ,

Using the concept of “appreciative inquiry” to add value to overview and scrutiny – a solutions-oriented, collaborative and engaging way to carry out scrutiny.

Focusing on assets and what works well within communities and by working together with partners and local people to build on these successes is a relatively new approach to the scrutiny function.

Appreciative Inquiry is a community development tool that helps you work in a collaborative, ‘whole system’, positive way. Appreciative Inquiry has provided local councils with a new way of using their scrutiny function which has been proven to be particularly appropriate for addressing complex problems such as health equity.

About the Author: Su Turner

CfGS has a wealth of experience in supporting the governance and scrutiny of safeguarding, children’s services and education, for more information please contact us by emailing: This page was originally authored by Su Turner, formerly Director of Children and Young People, who left CfGS in April 2017.