The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation's Policies and Resources

International Award Association Memorandum of Understanding

The Document that governs the establishment of the Association, its purpose and principles of operation. It must always be referred to in full and only ever be shortened to the IAA MoU.

Glossary of Terms

The glossary is a reference tool which can be used by anyone who is involved with the Award. This includes Award Operators, participants, partners, supporters, International Award Foundation staff and Trustees.

Fundamental Principles, Operational Principles and Code of Practice

One of the Key Governing Documents, it sets out the practices and behaviour of how the Foundation is run. 

Guiding Principles and Operational Guidelines

The ten principles that underpin the philosophy of the Award. They are designed to ensure that a young person has a meaningful and purposeful journey through their Award, as well as ensuring that the impact of achieving their Award provides a lasting personal legacy. The Award’s guiding principles are: individual, non-competitive, achievable, voluntary, development, balanced, progressive, inspiration, persistence and enjoyable. See Handbook page 14 for further information.

One of the Key Governing Documents, clarifies and interprets the International Agreements, helping Award Operators to deliver the Award in a manner suited to their circumstances while maintaining the ethos and principles outlined by the Founder.

Award Trustee Toolkit

The toolkit is provided to help NAOs set up and maintain effective governance structures.

Safe from Harm

Sets out the practices and behaviour expected of all adults in the Award, especially when it comes to ensuring the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults associated with the Award. 

Risk Management Register

This matrix is intended to provide a framework for the management of risk and also to increase overall awareness of risk throughout the Foundation and to enable managers and those responsible for risk reporting, to better identify, assess and control risks within their areas. It seeks to enforce ownership and defines roles and responsibilities to help ensure the risk management process is understood.

Safeguarding Policy

Sets out the practices and behaviour expected of all adults in the Award, especially when it comes to ensuring the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults associated with the Award. Can be found on the Award Community.

Serious Incident Reporting Policy

The Foundation’s Serious Incident Reporting Policy sets out the procedure followed by the Foundation upon NAOs reporting alleged and serious incidents.

Evaluation and Reporting Requirements for National Award Operators

This sets out the NAO reporting requirements including annual statistics and research deliverables, as well as how the IAF and NAOs use data.

Data Protection Policy

The Global Data Protection Policy (GDPR) is based on the Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) an EU legislation that aims to give the residents of the EU more control over their data. Under this regulation, organisations that handle data of EU residents will have to comply with data and privacy rules.

Quality Assurance Toolkit

The toolkit assists National Award Operators (NAOs) to establish and maintain effective quality assurance in their Operations.

Award Centre Generic Sub Licence 

This is the template licence provided for NAOs who are engaging in licence agreements with Corporate entities.

Guidance notes for tailoring and implementing the Award Centre ‘Generic’ Sub Licence

This is the template licence provided for NAOs who are engaging in licence agreements with Award Centres.

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Learning Framework

A document which provides guidance on minimum requirements with which National Award Operators should comply in accordance with the Foundation’s licensing standards relating to the training of adults. Previously known as the Award Learning Framework.

The Award Community

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Growing the Award volunteer network 

A policy detailing the procedures and requirements relating to Adults involved in the delivery of the Award by the Foundation and respective National Award Operator (NAO).

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Brand Guidelines

One of the Key Governing documents; the Brand Guidelines sets out the elements governing the Award brand and application of the logo and supporting visual image.

Keeping young people safe from harm

Sets out the practices and behaviour expected of all adults in the Award, especially when it comes to ensuring the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults associated with the Award.