Whether you are new to being a trustee or have been a trustee for a while it is important to know and understand what that means. Being a trustee comes with responsibilities. The following guidance from the Charity Commission will help you be sure you know what your responsibilities are and be confident you are doing the right thing.
It is important to note that the law generally protects trustees who have acted honestly and reasonably. However, there is no legal protection for trustees who have acted dishonestly, negligently or recklessly. Not knowing about a law or not knowing what is happening in your charity is not a defence. So it is important you know what the role involves and what you’re are responsible for - even if you delegate some responsibilities held as a trustees of a YFC, you remain responsible and accountable for them being done.
If you need further help and support as to how this applies to your YFC please contact your county federation or the NFYFC, and we will answer questions or seek further advice to assist you.
Being clear on the charity’s purpose is important to ensure the charity’s activities hep to deliver its purpose and comply with its governing document and the law.
Conflicts of interest can easily occur in YFC. How would you identify and deal with a conflict of interest?
Safeguarding is a key responsibility for trustees of charities working with children and potential adults at risk like YFC, but it is a responsibility for all charities.
Is your charity reporting the right things at the right time? Find out what information you need to send to the Commission and the support available to help.
How do you make effective decisions? Trustees need to work together to make the best decisions for your charity.
All trustees have responsibility for ensuring their charity’s money is safe, properly used and accounted for.
As a trustee you are responsible for making sure your charity follows the rules on political activity and campaigning.