Governance

Governance is having:

  • good decision-making processes
  • robust policies and practices
  • meeting procedures
  • service quality protocols
  • officer and trustee conduct
  • role clarification
  • consultation and monitoring procedures
  • good working relationships

Useful links

NVCO
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is the largest umbrella body for the voluntary and community sector in England.

Charity commission
We register and regulate charities in England and Wales, to ensure that the public can support charities with confidence. Guidance for trustees and charity advisers.

Havering Compact
The Havering Compact provides a framework governing how the council and the sector should work together. The Compact has recently been refreshed to reflect new policy directions etc.

Directory of Social Change
An independent charity with a vision of an independent voluntary sector at the heart of social change

Community Interest Company
Comprehensive information for people who want to form a community interest company (CIC)

Social Enterprise
The UK body for social enterprise - business with a social or environmental mission

Setting up a social enterprise
Guidance to set up a business that has social, charitable or community-based objectives

Disclosure and Barring Service
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

Document downloads

Disclosure and Barring Service information and form
Standard Constitution model
Havering compact
Trustees

Standard policy templates

Health and Safety policy template
Equal Opportunities policy template
Child Protection policy template
Model of Code of Conduct

For further enquiries, contact the Community Safety & Development Team.

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