Civil service conduct and guidance

This series brings together all documents relating to civil service conduct and guidance

Guidance for civil servants, departments and their agencies.

The Civil Service Code sets out the framework within which all civil servants work, and the core values and standards of behaviour they are expected to uphold. It forms part of the terms and conditions of employment of every civil servant.

The Civil Service Code is part of the Civil Service Management Code, which sets out the central framework for management of the civil service. Section 4.4 sets out the boundaries of civil servants’ involvement in political activities.

Guidance is also available on principles for participation online and sponsorship and partnership marketing.


  1. Extended ministerial offices: guidance for departments
  2. Civil servants and party conferences: guidance
  3. Guidance to departments on use of private emails
  4. Guidance for civil servants: contact with lobbyists
  5. Social media guidance for civil servants
  6. Election guidance for civil servants
  7. Drafting answers to parliamentary questions: guidance
  8. Directory of civil service guidance
  9. Guidance on civil servants receiving hospitality
  10. Departmental evidence and response to select committees: guidance
  11. Handling government correspondence: guidance
  12. Guidance on civil servants' business expenses
Published 24 July 2013
Last updated 27 November 2013 + show all updates
  1. Added guidance on extended ministerial offices.
  2. First published.