New documents and some extracts from the Chapter Handbook are available separately for the convenience of Tertiaries (if others would be useful, let the webmaster know):
- Safeguarding policy, October 2016
- Safeguarding – outline for action (October 2016)
- Equality and Diversity Policy
- Safeguarding of vulnerable adults and children (May 2016)
The intention is that the Chapter Handbook will be used alongside the Constitution, Statutes and Principles of the Third Order of the Society of Saint Francis (TSSF) to provide guidance to Members of Provincial Chapter, who under Charity Law are also Trustees of the European Province of the Order. Area Teams may also use this Handbook as a guide and reference.
The Statutes set out the Mission of the Order and the structures and processes which enable this Mission to be pursued by members of the Order (i.e. structures at the Local, Area and Provincial levels; membership and responsibilities of Chapter; formation; elections and appointment of office holders; complaints and appeals).
The Handbook seeks to complement the Statutes (particularly Sections 3, 5, 6 and 7) by ensuring that members of Chapter, as Trustees, understand the principles of good governance as set out in the Charity Commission’s Good Governance: A Code for the Voluntary and Community Sector.