The CAS Quality Standard is an award which your organisation can achieve to demonstrate its effectiveness and efficiency.
(The CAS Organisation Self-assessment option is also available, click here for more information)
The CAS Quality Standard is endorsed by Suffolk County Council and the Suffolk Local Safeguarding Children Board. It is externally assessed by the Quality Standards Awards Panel comprised of Community Action Suffolk, Suffolk County Council Commissioning, Suffolk Local Safeguarding Children Board and the Suffolk Safeguarding Adults Board. It was developed in 2005 by VCSE sector organisations, for VCSE sector organisations.
The CAS Quality Standard means a commitment to quality. It can evidence that your organisation has the structure, policies and procedures in place to be a safe, well run provider of services.
It covers four crucial organisational sections:
Each of the four sections can be completed independently and assessment feedback is provided on each section as completed (rather than at the end of the whole process).
Organisations have the choice to complete either:
To support organisations with completing the CAS Quality Standard, organisations get access to:
The CAS Quality Standard has been used by over 160 organisations, to date. Organisations have reported the Quality Standard has:
“Completing the CAS Quality Standard has been a thorough but rewarding process. It has helped us to ensure that we are up to date with the organisation of our charity and policies and it is a good way to show to our supporters and donors that we take a professional and safe approach to our work with children and young people. The support from the CAS team during the process was excellent.” Simon Scott, Director, Christian Youth Ministries.
It is suitable for all voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations who are members of Community Action Suffolk.
Membership of Community Action Suffolk is free and you can sign up online here.
The process can take a varying amount of time depending on an organisations circumstances but normally takes between three and twelve months to complete. For a sample of the framework click here, for a “What’s involved?” guide, click here.
It is valid for three years and groups can renew by engaging with the process again.
£150 VCSE sector organisations (with income less than £100,000)
£275 VCSE sector organisations (with income more than £100,000)
£500 non VCSE sector
Click here for package prices and details.
To register your interest in either the CAS Quality Standard or the Organisation Self-assessment, complete our online registration form here.
Please remember to first register as a Community Action Suffolk member, if you have not already done so. Membership of Community Action Suffolk is free and you can sign up online here.
Community Action Suffolk’s mission is to strengthen and champion community action in Suffolk by supporting the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in its work.
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