Access to and use of this site (http://gcn.civilservice.gov.uk) is provided by the Cabinet Office (‘Us’/'We’) subject to the following terms:

  • By using this site you agree to be legally bound by these terms, which shall take effect immediately upon your registration with http://gcn.civilservice.gov.uk. If you do not agree to be bound by all the following terms please do not access and/or use this site.
  • We may change these terms at any time by posting changes online. Please review these terms regularly to ensure you are aware of any changes made by us. Your continued use of this site after changes are posted means you agree to be legally bound by these terms as updated and/or amended.

1. Using this site

You agree to use this site only for lawful purposes, and in a manner that does not infringe the rights of, or restrict or inhibit the use and enjoyment of this site by any third party. Such restriction or inhibition includes, without limitation, conduct which is unlawful which may harass or cause distress or inconvenience to any person, and the transmission of obscene, or offensive content or disruption of normal flow of dialogue within this site.

Please read the GCS Privacy Policy for how your data is used on the site.

2. Cookies

This website requires the use of cookies to function correctly.  You can view a full list cookies and their purpose in our Privacy Policy.

3. Registration

In order to use the GCS website you must complete the registration form. All information you supply when registering for the GCS site will be available to other members of the site (except your grade, which is not shown on your public profile to members except site administrators).

For details of how we handle the information you provide and what we may do with it please read the privacy policy [link]

You can edit your personal profile at any time, by signing in to GCS , selecting “My Account”, then selecting “Profile”, and “Edit Profile”.

We allow access to the GCS site to members on the basis that they:

  • are current civil servants (unless by agreement with the site administrator);
  • provide accurate, current and complete information about themselves on any registration forms on the GCS site;
  • maintain the security of their user name and password;
  • promptly update the member profile, and any other information they provide to us, to keep it accurate, current and complete;
  • on leaving the Civil Service, ‘contact us’ immediately, so that we can deactivate their account;
  • are responsible for all actions taken under their username and password;
  • do not create additional registered user accounts for the purpose of abusing the functionality of the GCS site, or other users; nor do they seek to pass themselves off as another person or user; and
  • they comply with the terms.

4. Links to external websites

Links contained in this site will lead to other websites that are not under our control.

We are not responsible for the content of any linked site. Listing and linking should not be taken as an endorsement of any kind and we accept no liability in respect of the content.

We cannot guarantee that these links will work all of the time and have no control over the availability of the linked pages.

5. Changes to / operation of the website

We may change the format and content of this website at any time or suspend its operation for support or maintenance work, in order to update the content or for any other reason.

Because of the membership-only nature of the site, content will not be available if the site is permanently closed.

6. Content

Please be aware that the GCS site is not hosted in a GSi environment. Content protectively marked as “Restricted” or higher should not be shared on the GCS site.  Also, like all other government systems, information on this website may be subject to Freedom of Information Act requests.

When you use the GCS site you will be able to share content with other members and will have access to content provided by certain other members. You are solely responsible for the content you post or make available on the GCS site . Any content you display on the GCS site is done so entirely at your own risk. You can also communicate with other members through the GCS site and you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for those communications. We are not and cannot be responsible for the behaviour of members.

The majority of the information, data, text, software, photographs, graphics, messages, tags, or any other material (“content”) on the GCS site is generated by members. Content may be out of date and we make no commitment to update or remove the content. We do not warrant the accuracy, completeness, integrity or quality of any content on the GCS site.

Content is for information only and cannot be regarded as constituting advice or recommendations (professional or otherwise) and should not be relied on without taking independent advice. You are solely responsible for any decisions you take based on the content.

7. Member generated content

Most of the functionality on the GCS website (such as forums, document sharing etc.) is provided to help communicators share materials, ideas, resources, challenges and solutions. Remember, this is a profession tool.  Please ensure that:

  • Any contributions you make are civil and tasteful;
  • You do not post unlawful (including but not limited to UK libel and slander laws) or objectionable material. Material that is harassing, defamatory, abusive, threatening, harmful, obscene, profane, sexually explicit, racially offensive or otherwise objectionable is not acceptable and will be removed; and
  • You have appropriate permissions to post the content (see copyright section below).


Remember your obligations under the Civil Service Code

8. GCS copyright

The Cabinet Office is a Crown body. The information produced on this website is subject to Crown copyright, which is administered by Her Majesty’s Stationery Office.

You may print, copy or download content provided always that:

  • you acknowledge GCS as the source;
  • all titles credits and URLs are included; and
  • you comply with any legal notice contained in the content.

Please be mindful of information security and your intended audience.

Please note that all contributions to GCS Knowledge bank (wiki) may be edited, altered, or removed by other members; if you do not want your writing to be edited mercilessly, then do not submit it.

You are also promising us that you wrote content yourself, or copied it from a public domain or similar free resource. Please cite your sources and/or give credit, as appropriate. Do not submit copyrighted work without permission!