VolResource’s legal matters page lays out some of the areas of law you need to think about and provides further links and resources
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
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. THCVS has a copy at the office you can look at.
If your organisation works with children, 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 checks – read the government’s guidance on this here.
The NSPCC has some very useful guidance on how voluntary organisations can and should safeguard children.
Health and Safety
Every organisation is responsible for the health and safety of its service users, staff and volunteers and needs to have a health and safety policy to show that they have considered and managed any risks in the workplace.
This guidance on how to write a policy from the HSE is clear and useful and includes some examples and templates
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 .
Keeping it Legal, from Navca and the Women's Resource Centre, is a Guide for Third Sector Organisations on Public Law and Equality Rights
Support and Regulatory Organisations: