The Constitution Unit


Special adviser resources

Private Eye cartoon on SpAds

During our research on special advisers, one heartfelt plea was for better induction and training materials. This cache of resource material aims to help meet that demand.


Spad Handbook

Advice and practical tips put together from contributions by eight SpAds on how to make the most of the job, the opportunities and the Whitehall machine.

Understanding Whitehall

A short easy to read guide on how Whitehall works by Peter Waller, a former senior civil servant.

Other Resources

Some of the best books, Institute for Government publications and Civil Service Learning material.

Codes of Conduct and Other Useful Guidance

Those codes and that Guidance you need to know about - Ministerial Code, Special Adviser Code, Civil Service Code and Guidance on Guidance.

Website Links

Other really useful websites.