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It is a requirement of all organisations to ensure that relevant Policies and Procedures are created and implemented where applicable. Organisations supporting vulnerable groups and/or individuals must have relevant safeguarding policies and systems plus show a good understanding of service delivery and legislative requirements.
Policies and Procedures are of course relevant to the different types of groups and role being undertaken. Different levels of policy can in fact be required depending on the growth of the organisation and if staff are employed or volunteers.
Policies and procedures set out how a charity should be run and are one of the most important ways that a board can oversee the delegation of its work. The BVA Group Development Team can assist with advice and guidance and have a selection of template documents which can be amended to suit Charity or Voluntary Organisations requirements.
Organisations should ensure they have key mandatory policies in place endorsed by trustees/committee and reviewed annually. These are often a legal requirements and required by funders – Health & Safety, First Aid & Fire Procedures, Risk Assessments, Insurance, Confidentiality & Safeguarding. Also, documentation confirming policies have been read, understood and agreed plus DBS completed where applicable. Additional policies and procedures are required if employing staff.
BVA have compiled various Policies and Procedures templates for our members to use.
Please contact the BVA Group Development Team or give us a call on 01256 423816 for more information.