Overall responsibility for the management of the charity and strategic direction is held by the Board of Trustees who meet to an agreed schedule and as required on an ad-hoc basis to meet the needs of the charity.

Details of our Trustees can be found here.

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All Trustees act in the interest of the charity. Trustees put the interests of the charity before their own interests, or those of any other person or organisation. Trustees operate in a manner consistent with the charity’s purposes and carry out their duties in accordance with the charity’s governing document.

Trustees act with due care and diligence. Trustees take such care of their charity’s affairs as is reasonable to expect of someone who is managing the affairs of another person.

Trustees ensure that the charity complies with the provisions of the 2005 Act and other relevant legislation.

Trustees hold responsibility for ensuring that the charity’s details are up-dated with OSCR, seek consent from OSCR before taking certain actions as required by the regulator, annual reporting to OSCR, charity accounting, financial record keeping and reporting.

Trustees are also responsible for how the charity conducts its fundraising and for providing information about the charity to the public in accordance with OSCR guidance.

A Trustee induction programme is in place for new Trustees joining the Board and each year, Trustees identify areas of training to ensure their continued learning and development.

Trustees have un-restricted access through a secure intranet facility to relevant charity documentation to assist them with their charitable responsibilities and duties.

Compliance & Standards

Break the Silence was established in October 2004 operating as a voluntary organisation and successfully registering as a charity in Scotland in January 2005. (Registration No SC036263)

As a registered charity in Scotland, we are required to comply with the regulations and standards of OSCR, the Scottish Charity Regulator – a Non-Ministerial Department and part of the Scottish Administration following commencement of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005.

Break The Silence is also a Company Limited by Guarantee, registered with Companies House. (Registration No SC341157). In addition to being regulated by OSCR and subject to charity law, we are also regulated by Companies House and subject to the Companies Acts and other legislation.

All personal data is held responsibly and securely and in accordance with Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) data protection regulations and guidance.

Break the Silence are organisational members of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and are therefore bound by its “Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions”.

Business continuity and disaster recovery plans are in place to protect and secure the organisation in the event of disaster and the organisation, previously achieving Cyber Essentials Security certification.

As a living wage accredited employer, we choose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis. This accreditation illustrates our commitment to equality and to being an ethical employer.

Break the Silence promote equality and diversity and are registered on the Equality Register.

We have embedded a culture of continuous improvement within the organisation and in October 2018, and in March 2022 we achieved the European Foundation for Quality Management Committed to Excellence accreditation.