Guidance and regulation


The Charity Commission (Charity Commission)

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  • Prepare a charity annual return

    You must send an annual return (or update your details) every year if your charity is registered in England or Wales.

  • Safeguarding and protecting people for charities and trustees

    What to do to protect people who come into contact with your charity through its work from abuse or mistreatment of any kind.

  • The essential trustee: what you need to know, what you need to do (CC3)

    What's required of a charity trustee, including your responsibilities to your charity.

  • Charity types: how to choose a structure (CC22a)

    Decide whether to set up a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO), a charitable company or an unincorporated association or trust.

  • Setting up a charity: model governing documents

    Models, templates and guidance for constitutions, articles of association and trust deeds for a new charity or charitable trust.

  • How to set up a charity (CC21a)

    Find out what it means to be a charity and what to do if setting up a charity is the right option for you.

  • How to write your charity's governing document (CC22b)

    How to set out your charity's purposes and rules in its governing document, how to start using it and how to change it.

  • How to report a serious incident in your charity

    Guidance for charity trustees about serious incidents: how to spot them and how to report.

  • How to register a charity (CC21b)

    How to register your charity once it has been set up, what you need before you start your application and what happens after you apply.

  • Charity trustee: what’s involved (CC3a)

    Find out what being a charity trustee involves, if you can claim expenses and where to get help and advice.

  • Charities and trading

    Find out how to pay less tax as a charity and when to set up a subsidiary trading company.

  • Trustee board: people and skills

    How to get the right people with the right skills on your charity's trustee board.

  • What makes a charity (CC4)

    This guide outlines what the law in England and Wales says a charity is.

  • How to write charitable purposes

    How to decide what your charity’s purposes are and write them in the ‘objects’ clause of your governing document.

  • Finding new trustees (CC30)

    The recruitment, appointment and induction process for new charity trustees and how to set a framework for recruitment.

  • Check if a new charity is the best option

    Before you start to set up a charity make sure that you know it is the best option for what you want to do.

  • Charity trustee welcome pack

    As a new charity trustee, this guide will help you in your role.

  • Report serious wrongdoing at a charity as a worker or volunteer

    Find out what sort of wrongdoing you can report to the Charity Commission, and how to report it.

  • Charity trustees: resignation and removal

    Find out what procedures you need to follow to resign as a charity trustee or remove a trustee from the board.

  • Public benefit: rules for charities

    Charity trustees must 'have regard' to the Charity Commission's public benefit guidance when carrying out activities to which it's relevant.