What is the best way to protect your organisation from fraud, loss or misuse of funds? Learn how to defend yourselves against poor financial practise on our financial safeguards course.


Delivered through the medium of English



This course provides an overview of the responsibilities held by managers or trustees with specific involvement in voluntary sector financial administration and how to protect your organisation from financial loss or misuse.


How confident are you that your financial controls and policies are thorough, robust and appropriate? Over the past few years charities have received extensive media coverage for their financial slip-ups, but what can we learn from the mistakes of others?

All charities require effective financial policies and procedures to enable staff and volunteers to work safely and effectively and reduce the risk of mismanagement or misuse of funds.

This course will give you the opportunity to learn what can and has gone wrong elsewhere so you can review your current practices and establish good practice.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Give examples of the financial problems that can arise.
  • Explain the procedures required for adequate and appropriate financial controls within charities.
  • Provide examples of good practice in relation to financial controls.
  • State the policies that should be in place for effective financial management of a charity.
  • Review existing policies against an organisational policy framework
  • Understand legislative factors impacting on financial controls and policies

Who this course is for

This course will be beneficial to any trustee, director, or finance worker of a voluntary organisation

About the trainer

Shirley David BA Hon., Dip HE, MILM is a management consultant and trainer working exclusively in the voluntary sector.  Following diverse management experience in both civil service and finance sectors she managed a hospice at home service before launching Business & Employment Support & Training in 1998.  B.E.S.T works with registered charities and voluntary organisations across Wales to provide training and consultancy services covering finance, personnel and general governance issues. 

Consultancy projects have included finance reviews, project evaluations and personnel reviews, as well as independent examination of accounts and one-to-one mentoring.  Shirley David is also a registered QuickBooks Proadvisor for both desktop and online products.

Training courses developed and delivered to the sector include Charity Financial Management, Charity Personnel Management, Legislation and Volunteer Management, People Skills (Handling Difficult Behaviour), SORP Accounting, Basic Bookkeeping, Finance and Risk Management, Trustee Training and Disability Equality Training.  Shirley is also qualified to level 3 in British Sign Language and has delivered courses specifically for Deaf people, including Customer Care for the British Deaf Association.

Shirley has been involved in voluntary work herself all her adult life including a variety of trustee roles within charities such as Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services and Pembrokeshire Sibling Group.  She is currently acting as a voluntary Communication Support Worker with the Sign and Share club in Pembrokeshire and is also involved in volunteering with her local church youth activities.