Legal and Governance
The NSPCC is committed to ending cruelty to children in the UK, and believes that it can make a real difference to the lives of children and young people.
The Legal and Governance Division is here to support colleagues working across the organisation, as well as the Board of Trustees. We are responsible for ensuring that the NSPCC complies with the provisions of the NSPCC's governing document (the Royal Charter), and with legal and regulatory requirements covering a range of areas. The division works to improve organisational standards, identify key risks to the NSPCC and how we can manage those risks, how we can ensure that the NSPCC gets the best possible value for money from its key suppliers, and leads on privacy, data protection and records management. Legacy administration and aspects of fundraising compliance are also part of the division.
There are the following teams within the Division:
Members of the Legal Team provide advice to colleagues on any legal issues. This could involve, for example, advising on a child protection issue, or a fundraising contract between the NSPCC and a third party, or assisting in resolving an intellectual property query. Team members are legally qualified (solicitors, barristers, or legal executives).
- Senior lawyers (Senior Counsels, covering Child Protection, Employment and IT issues)
- Lawyers (covering Commercial, Employment and Fundraising issues)
- Contracts Co-ordinator
- Legal Assistant
- Legal Secretary
Internal Audit and Inspection Unit
The Internal Audit and Inspection units provide impartial assurance to Trustees and management on the effectiveness of risk management, controls, the quality of services and compliance with internal policies and procedures and external laws and regulations. Together, their reviews cover the whole scope of the NSPCC's activities and are designed to add value and improve the Society's operations. They aim to help the NSPCC accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to the evaluation and improvement of activities. Team members often have relevant qualifications in audit and social work disciplines.
- Director of Internal Audit and Inspection
- Principal Internal Auditor
- Internal Auditors
The team provides advice and support to colleagues in other teams and divisions in the development of risk management plans and the overall risk register. This area of work looks at the sorts of risk that the NSPCC is exposed to and how these can be mitigated. The team also deals with insurance and NSPCC-wide health and safety issues. Team members will often have relevant qualifications in Risk and Health and Safety disciplines.
- Head of Risk
- Insurance and Risk Adviser
- Health and Safety Manager
The team provides support to the Board of Trustees and sub-committees of the Board, leads on constitutional and general governance issues and manages all regulatory requirements (Charity Commission and Companies House where appropriate) for the NSPCC and its subsidiary or related organisations. Team members will often be legally qualified and/or or be qualified as a company secretary.
- Head of Governance
- Governance Administrator
Privacy, Records and Information Management (PRIM)
This team takes the lead on dealing with and advising colleagues on a wide range of privacy, data protection and records management issues. These can range from providing information relating to a child protection issue to helping colleagues store and manage their archived files. Team members will often have relevant qualifications in Archives, Data Protection and Information Risk disciplines.
- Head of Privacy Records and Information Management
- Privacy and Records Officer
- Privacy and Information Assurance Officer
The team evaluates the NSPCC's key providers and suppliers, ensuring that it receives the best possible value for money and that those providers and suppliers deliver to the required high levels of standards and quality. Team members will often have relevant qualifications in procurement practice.
- Head of Procurement
- Procurement Manager
- Procurement Officer
The legacy administration team deal with gifts (which may be money, property, shares or other items) that are left to the NSPCC by supporters and donors in their wills, liaising with solicitors, ensuring that that monies - or the value of gifts - are received as quickly as possible. Team members will often be legally qualified and/or have a relevant qualification in charity legacy administration.
Working closely with fundraising colleagues as well as the legal and the risk teams, the role of the team members is to support fundraisers to ensure that our fundraising activities are legally compliant and are in line with our policies, processes and training. Advice ranges from dealing with prize competitions, for example, to safeguarding guidelines when children may be attending events.
- Senior Business Support Officer (Risk and Compliance)
What do we look for?
Enthusiastic people who relish the challenge of dealing with a high volume of work from across all areas of the NSPCC, who have excellent analytical skills, and the ability to pay close attention to detail without losing sight of the bigger picture. All of our teams have to be able to deal with a wide range of people including at a very senior level, and often have to meet tight deadlines.
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