Legal & Administrative


The Constitution 

Below are documents related to our constitution, which took effect from 1st April, 2015.

Articles of Association

Rules and Procedures

A Draft Model Branch Constitution can be downloaded here.

Trustees Annual Report & Accounts and Annual Review

The Society is obliged to make its Trustees Report and Accounts available to the public. The most recent document can be downloaded by clicking the link below.

Trustees Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31st March 2017

Trustees Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31st March 2016

The Society issues an Annual Review each year in October in both a hard copy and digital form. Please click the link below to download the latest issues.  

The Society Annual Review 2016 can be viewed here

The Society Annual Review 2015 can be viewed here 

Trustee Induction & Role Descriptions

Upon election as a Trustee of the RSCDS, each new member of the Management Board or of a Management Committee receives an induction pack. The contents of the induction pack as at November 2012 are:

Guide to Contents

1. Duties of Charity Trustees (Lindsays WS, 2014)

2. RSCDS Articles of Association (2015) and Rules and Procedures (2015)

3. RSCDS Code of Conduct (last revised Dec 2014)

4. RSCDS Health & Safety

5. RSCDS Risk Management Plan (approved Mgmt Board Feb 2014)

6. Equal Opportunities Policy (March 2017)

7. Volunteer Policy (May 2010)

8. Volunteer Procedures (May 2010)

9. RSCDS Strategic Aims 2017 - 2020

10. Management Board & Committee Meetings Schedule 2016-17

The pack also includes a letter of welcome from the Chairman, and an acceptance letter to be signed by the Trustee.

Role descriptions

RSCDS Board member role description

RSCDS Committee member role description

Policies & Procedures

The RSCDS has in place a number of policies and procedures for different aspects of its administration. Some of these are specific to the Society’s central management, but others may form a model that will be of use to Branches.

The policies below have all been approved by the Management Board. Additional policies will be posted here as and when they have been presented to and approved by the Board.

Please click on the titles below to open the documents in PDF format:

Equal Opportunities Policy (March 2017)

Complaints Procedure (Aug 2012) and in diagram format

Magazine Policy (July 2010)

Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults Policy (March 2017)

Volunteer Policy (May 2010) and Volunteer Procedures (May 2010)

Schedule of Meetings

Click on the link below for the schedule of Board and Committee meetings. Note that dates may be subject to change.

Meetings Schedule for 2017-18

2017 AGM

Documents relating to the 2017 Annual General Meeting will be uploaded to this page in due course.


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