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 as an example.
Policies and procedures set out how a charity should be run. One of the most important ways that a board can oversee the delegation of its work is via written policies and procedures. 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. Some policies are a legal requirement – for example, charities employing five or more staff must have a written health and safety policy.
Note that - Organisations should ensure they have key policies in place endorsed by trustees/committee and reviewed annually - Health & Safety, Risk Assessments, Complaints, Confidentiality & Safeguarding. Also, documentation confirming policies have been read, understood and agreed plus DBS completed where applicable on staff. First Aid and fire procedures in place alongside suitable Insurance arranged. Additional policies and procedures are required if employing staff.
The following Policies and Procedures are currently under review * and will all be available soon. These Documents should be delivered very soon, Samantha Hussey has been working on them for 6 Months+ so if you have any queries please call on 01256 423848