Governance

The Fast Management board are pleased to say that we have signed up to the Governance Code - a voluntary code of good practice among charities and voluntary sector in Ireland.

What is the Governance Code?

The Governance Code is a Code of Practice for Good Governance of Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations in Ireland. Governance refers to how an organisation is run, directed and controlled. Good governance means that an organisation will develop and put in place policies and procedures that will make sure the organisation runs effectively. The Governance Code is a voluntary code, and as such there is no requirement to sign up to it.

How is it assessed?

This is a self assessment process.  A checklist for different organisation types is available to assess their compliance. We assessed FAST operations against Category C. If you would like to see more on Category C checklist, it can be found here: http://www.governancecode.ie/organisation-types.php

What is our take on the Governance code?
Finglas Addiction Support Team believe that all organisations have a responsibility to provide and follow a code of good practice when it comes to how their organisations are run.  The Governance Code is a voluntary code, we are not required to sign up to it.  Ensuring compliance with the governance code is our way of letting all our stakeholders know that we are committed to operating in this way - with good leadership, appropriate controls, accountability, effective work practises and Integrity.

This is not a once off tick box excercise, but an ongoing commitment as compliance has to be reviewed each year.

The principles of Good Governance have been signed by our Chairperson and Secretary and can be found here:

Click here to see the Compliance Document