Safe and Sound

RVA Safe_+_sound_governance_markSafe and Sound is a quality award developed by Reading Voluntary Action that is locally relevant, credible and achievable

Safe and Sound is an aid to give Reading’s charities the confidence they have reached a basic level of good governance. It can be used to highlight any gaps in your group’s composition and procedures. Charities carry out essential work in our community, protecting the most vulnerable and providing important services for our residents. We will highlight key considerations for trustees to support you in the great work you do.

The aim of Safe and Sound is to see that trustees have relevant safeguards in place to protect themselves, the charity and its beneficiaries and that it has given due consideration to its core responsibilities. Whilst it is the duty of trustees to make the final decisions as to how to implement your work, RVA can provide guidance and support in making those decisions.

Reading Borough Council looks for organisations to have achieved or be working towards Safe and Sound or an equivalent award when they are considering funding applications.

RVA Safe and Sound is free of charge and covers:
  • The constitution
  • Your management
  • Finances
  • Employment
  • Managing volunteers
  • Reporting and Monitoring
  • Safeguarding
  • Health and Safety

We provide a printable self-assessment booklet to ensure you’ve asked those important questions but for more scrutiny and to be awarded the official Safe and Sound mark, get in touch with RVA’s Advice Service on We’ll provide a consultation based on this self-assessment tool along with additional support to reach the level required for the award.

To download a free copy of the self-assessment booklet please fill in the form below:

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