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Staying in line with the law

Getting Started

VolResource’s  legal matters page lays out some of the areas of law you need to think about and provides further links and resources.

Introductions and Overviews

Compliance, one of the ‘tools for success’ from the Centre for Charity Effectiveness’ helps you identify what you need to do to ensure you’re operating legally.

Sandy Adirondack’s Legal Updates come directly to you by email. Sign up online or see an archive here.

BWB's 'Get Legal' pages cover a range of legal issues relating to running a voluntary organisation or social enterprise.  Some resources are free and some can be downloaded for after online payment.

The Voluntary Sector Legal Handbook by James Sinclair Taylor and the charity team at Russell Cooke is a huge and highly comprehensive publication covering pretty much every aspect of all the laws and regulations you need to follow in order to run a voluntary organisation properly. Highly recommended, though if you don’t want to buy it you may find a copy at your local CVS (find your local CVS here) or library 

Voluntary but not Amateur by Ruth Hayes and Jacki Reason is a concise, well written book for voluntary and community groups covering key areas of the law.

Key areas:

Safeguarding
 
If your organisation works with children and young people or vulnerable adults you will need to have a safeguarding policy and provide appopriate training to staff and volunteers.  Certain personnel will need DBS checksread the government’s guidance on this here.  
 
The NSPCC’s Safe Network has very useful guidance on how organisations should safeguard children  
 
Your local area will have its own safeguarding children board and safeguarding adults boards – details of these, and the policies and procedures endorsed by them, are usually available online, for examples see Liverpool’s guidance on adults at risk, the London Safeguarding Adults board and the London Safeguarding Children Board 
 
Equalities

This Core Guidance for Voluntary and Community Organisations from the Equality and Human Rights Commission gives a lot of useful examples to show how to implement equalities law , as does their Guidance for Service Providers.

Keeping it Legal is a guide for third sector organisations on public law and equality rights.

Health and Safety
 
This guidance on how to write a policy from the health and safety executive is  very straighforward and includes some examples and templates 
 

Support and regulatory organisations