Here are six key safeguarding messages to think about when shaping your organisation’s approach to safeguarding vulnerable beneficiaries, staff and your volunteers:
Constitutional & Governance
I recently attended a seminar given by accountancy firm RSM who have conducted some research into the take up of the Charity Governance Code and the benefits of complying with it. The research, unsurprisingly perhaps, demonstrated a link between applying the Code and good governance and better reporting standards. The Code can be used as a tool to take a charity on a governance “journey”.
The FR has referred 59 charities to the Information Commissioner for ignoring suppression requests made through the Fundraising Preference Service. When an individual asks for a charity to stop communication with them, an email is sent to the charity’s nominated contact, asking them to log into the FPS system within 28 days (since 1 March it is now 21 days).
The Commission carried out a consultation on its draft guidance ‘Charities working with non-charitable organisations’ last year. It received a great deal of response to the consultation and it committed to look again at its draft guidance to aim to take into account the many concerns expressed. Stone King submitted a response to the consultation in which we noted that:
Join us for our annual Charity Essentials Symposium where we give charity Trustees and members of Senior Management the opportunity to attend a one day Symposium covering a comprehensive range of topics relevant to your role. You will hear from our experts in each field and have the chance to ask them your questions on the matters most relevant to you. You will be able to book onto three workshops, each lasting an hour and 30 minutes and covering a wide variety of topics. The Symposium also offers you the opportunity to meet and talk to fellow Trustees and Senior Managers. Tickets to our Symposium include lunch, and also drinks and canapés following the event.
- Date and Location
Thursday 6 June 2019
Stone King LLP, Boundary House, 91 Charterhouse Street, London, EC1M 6HR
- Workshop Descriptions
Land and Buildings: key things trustees need to know
Whether you have one property or several, there are specific rules that apply to property held by charities. This session will explore the essential rules you need to be aware of.
Employees, Workers, Volunteers and Safeguarding
Very few charities can afford the luxury of a dedicated HR department, but managing employees is a key aspect of a charity trustee’s role. This session will explore your responsibilities.
Safeguarding – a governance perspective
The session will consider trustees duties, Charity Commission expectations, setting safeguarding as a key governance priority within your charity, safeguarding governance issues. The session will include a presentation and an opportunity to share experiences and key issues relating to safeguarding and governance.
Funding: Traditional and Innovative ways to raise money
Charities survive only if they can raise the necessary funds and this session looks at how charity law applies to the many ways charities can do this.
Accounts: What you need to know
Trustees are responsible for the financial health of their charity. This session will be co-presented by Stone King charity lawyers and guest specialist accountants.
IP, Data Protection and Commercial Contracts
Charities engage in a range of commercial activities which involve IP, data protection and contract law issues. This session will provide an overview of how contracts work and trustee’s duties when their charities enter into them. We shall also look at some common issues relating to intellectual property and personal data and their importance to charities.
Please choose one topic from each of the workshops
9:00am: Registration and welcoming chair address
9.30am - 11.00am
Land and Buildings: key things trustees need to know (WA1)
Employees, Workers and Volunteers (WA2)
Funding: Traditional and innovative ways to raise money (WA3)
Accounts: What you need to know (WA4)
11.00am: Mid-morning break
11.30am - 1.00pm
Employees, Workers and Volunteers (WB1)
Safeguarding – a governance perspective (WB2)
IP, Data Protection and Commercial Contracts (WB3)
Accounts: What you need to know (WB4)
2.15pm - 3.45pm
Land and Buildings: key things trustees need to know (WC1)
Funding: Traditional and innovative ways to raise money (WC2)
IP, Data Protection and Commercial Contracts (WC3)
Safeguarding – a governance perspective (WC4)
3.45pm: Drinks, canapés and networking
Safeguarding - a governance perspective:
Standard tickets will be charged at £75 (VAT inclusive). Please note that places are limited to 2 people per organisation.
Essential Safeguarding Information
Here are 6 key safeguarding messages to think about when shaping your club’s approach to safeguarding.
1. SAFEGUARDING CULTURE
We have developed our introduction sessions to equip all charity senior management and trustees – new and experienced alike – with the knowledge they need to carry out their roles efficiently. Covering key Charity Commission guidance and the underlying charity law duties, the aim is to help you implement best practice, prevent and deal with problems when they arise and recognise when further input is needed.
The sessions are built around the Charity Commission’s core guidance, including “The Essential Trustee”, “It’s Your Decision” “Recognising and Managing Conflicts of Interest”, and the new Governance Codes of Practice endorsed by the Commission. You will improve your understanding of the context in which the Charity Commission and other regulators, such as the Fundraising Regulator and Information Commissioner, operate. The session considers case studies to examine best practice governance in practical settings. Topics include:
- the evolving role of the Charity Commission and its interaction with other regulators
- key duties and liabilities of charity trustees and recent regulatory case reports your role as a charity trustee, working with others and managing disagreement.
All sessions are interactive and provide the opportunity for you to put your questions to expert advisors.
- Date and Location
Thursday 19 September 2019
Stone King LLP,
1 Charterhouse Street,
4.15pm: Registration and refreshments
4.30pm: Seminar starts
6.30pm: Seminar ends followed by drinks and canapés
Members of the Charity & Social Enterprise Team.
This event costs £25 inc VAT per delegate.
Stone King, together with Gerald Eve, PwC and Ruffer, run the Young Charity Professionals Group (YCPG) as an informal forum for young professionals working in and around charities and social enterprises. It offers an opportunity for the future leaders of the sector and their professional advisers to share knowledge and discuss current issues in a relaxed environment, and to build relationships as they develop their careers. Events are held twice a year at the offices of one of the organising firms and usually feature guest speakers from the sector – as well as drinks and nibbles, of cours