Consultations – Charity Newsletter Winter 2018

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NCVO published draft Code of Ethics

Another reaction to the safeguarding issues that hit the public’s attention earlier on the year is the publication of a draft Code of Ethics for charities by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).

The proposed code covers safeguarding, conduct within charities, employment practices, dignity in the workplace and treating individuals with respect and is based on four core principles; Beneficiaries first, Integrity, Openness and The Right to be Safe.

The consultation on the draft code has closed.


New draft Code of Fundraising Practice

The Fundraising Regulator has launched a consultation on revisions to the Fundraising Code.

The Code in its current form was launched in 2016 when the Fundraising Regulator was formed as a result of the Etherington Review.

At that stage the Code in effect consolidated a number of existing sets of guidance, rather than starting from a blank sheet of paper.

The Fundraising Regulator feels it is now time to look at the content of the whole Code including a Plain English review of the rules, a restructuring of the sections and glossary of terms.

The consultation has closed.


Scotland’s Governance Code for the Third Sector

Scotland’s Third Sector Governance Forum has created a Governance Code for the Third Sector which sets out the core principles of good governance for the boards of charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises in Scotland.

The draft version of the code was consulted on in July 2018 and further to its feedback, a final version of the Code was launched in November 2018 at their Trustees Week Conference.



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