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

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. 

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

Community Matters
Community Matters provides help and support to not for profit organisations across the UK.

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

Standard policy templates

For further enquiries, contact the Communities Team.

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