PQASSO Quality Mark receives Charity Commission stamp of approval

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DFI's chosen Quality System, PQASSO, was recently endorsed by Dame Suzi Leather, Chair of the Charities Commission for England and Wales. Dame Suzi noted that ‘The Charity Commission has announced its endorsement of the PQASSO Quality Mark - the new 'kite- mark' for the third sector’. She went on to say that the Commission, was

"delighted to welcome the PQASSO Quality Mark to our growing family of endorsed quality standards".

Organisations that achieve the PQASSO Quality Mark at levels 2 and 3 will be able to use the Charity Commission's Charity Quality Standards stamp confirming that they are accredited by standards that meet the Hallmarks of an Effective Charity.

PQASSO, developed by Charities Evaluation Services (CES), is widely recognised as one of the leading quality systems in the third sector. This announcement gives the assurance that the standards comply with those of the regulator, at a time when the role of accredited quality standards is growing in importance for the sector.
Dame Suzi stated

"Without evidence of both beneficiary need and a charity's ability to meet that need in terms of quality and fitness-for-purpose, there is no compelling reason for a funder to hand over cash or a commissioning authority to award the contract".

This latest endorsement, following on the position adopted by the Scottish Executive in December 2008, requiring organisations funded from the public purse to implement PQASSO (Practical Quality Assurance System for Small Organisations), reinforces DFI's decision to select PQASSO as the Quality Assurance System of preference, for supported implementation by itself and its member organisations.

At present, DFI is pioneering an"All Ireland PQASSO Mentor Network", to provide a reservoir of knowledge and support to groups within the sector implementing PQASSO in their organisations. Dermot O’Donnell, DFI Support Officer for Organisations, is leading the roll-out of both the "Implementing PQASSO" and " PQASSO Mentor Network" projects.

For further information on Organisation Healthcheck and PQASSO, contact Dermot O’Donnell on 01 425 0125 / 086-780 8639, dermotodonnell@disability-federation.ie or your DFI Support Officer. There is also information available at One World Trust.

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