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Monitoring Sickness

4 July 2013

Freedom of Information Request; Monitoring Sickness

Thank you for your request for information of 28 May 2013 to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), in which you requested the following information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA):

1. If the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service has a sickness absence target, and if so, what this currently is?

2. How many full-time equivalent (FTE) days have been lost by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service due to sickness absence in each of the last five years?

I have set out our response to each of your queries below.

1. COPFS does not have a sickness absence target and therefore, in terms of section 17 of FOISA, the information sought is not held by COPFS. COPFS does, however, have in place a robust process for monitoring attendance management in relation to both short and long term sickness absences. All sickness absences are recorded and monitored within each of our four Federations and records are passed to our Human Resources Department. COPFS takes a positive and pro-active approach to attendance management while implementing this policy with sensitivity. COPFS supports those members of staff who are absent from work to ensure a return to work as soon as possible. However, long term absence, often due to serious and terminal illness, accounts for a significant proportion of overall absences, and accounted for 66.5% of sickness absence during 2012.

2. These figures are as outlined below.


Year (Jan – Dec)

Number of FTE equivalent days lost