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Cover all your bases with our model code of conduct. It sets out what you expect from governors and trustees, from core responsibilities to expected behaviours.

Download our model code of conduct

  • Approved by Forbes Solicitors
  • Designed so you can adapt it to your trust's context and set it across your trust so local governors can sign up to it, too
  • Takes account of relevant requirements and good practice

KeyDoc: code of conduct model policy - trusts

Tailor the document to reflect:

  • Your scheme of delegation
  • Any other relevant policies that your trustees/local governors must follow, e.g. social media and IT policies
  • Whether your constitutional documents (i.e. articles of association, funding agreement) set out specific requirements for governance procedures and conduct

Make sure all trustees and local governors read and agree to the code of conduct, alongside any other relevant documents or requirements. 

It's not a statutory requirement for you to have a code of conduct, but it is something that the Governance Handbook says you "should" have (see page 38). 

Important correction to make to your policy if

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