UK welcomes first digital code of practice for charities

The UK’s first digital code of practice for charities has been launched to help charities improve their digital skills.

The Charity Digital Code of Practice was created in collaboration by a sector-wide group led by independent digital expert, Zoe Amar.

The code was introduced in response to a recent survey which found that 60 per cent of charity representatives want to increase their digital skills, while half (49 per cent) are looking to improve their charity’s digital capability.

The code’s principles and best practice have been designed to apply to charities of all sizes. However, two versions of the code have been developed. One for small charities – defined as being those with an annual income of £1 million or under – and one for larger charities.

Seven principles shape the core focus of the code. These values demonstrate how digital touches much of what a charity does and how it will need to be considered accordingly.

These principles include: leadership, user-led, culture, strategy, skills, managing risks and ethics, and adaptability.

Welcoming the launch of the code in November 2018, the Charity Commission’s Director of Policy, Planning and Communications, Sarah Atkinson, said: “Digital is changing the way the public behaves. For charities to stay relevant, increase the difference they can make, and protect their charity from risks, understanding and engaging with the digital world is vital.

“The enthusiasm with which the charity sector has responded, and the willingness to use the Code and increase digital skills indicated in the responses, is very positive.

“As regulator, we want to ensure charities have the information and tools they need to succeed and that’s why we are pleased to continue supporting the development of the Code.”

The Charity Digital Code of Practice can be read in full here.

Lisa Weaver

FCCA
Head of Audit and Assurance lisa.weaver@thornewidgery.co.uk