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Policies and Resources

This page summarises The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Barbados' key documents, policies and procedures that govern how the Award operates locally.

These policies are set to ensure that the Award meets and maintains the required Governance, Management and Delivery Standards set by The International Award Foundation (IAF), while in keeping with the regulations of the Government of Barbados.

These key documents and policies will evolve over time as new tools emerge, processes are updated and developed, and the risks associated with an area of work changes in response to internal or external developments.

This page was last updated November 24 2023

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This sets out definitions for Adults in the Award, the responsibilities of such Adults and the process for becoming an Award Volunteer. It also highlights benefits associated with becoming an Award Volunteer.

This 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.

Guidance for members of the Award Council in resolving potential conflicts of interest

One of the Key Governing Documents that governs the establishment of the Award in Barbados, its purpose and principles of operation. 

This 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.

These form part of the “International Agreements” enshrined in the IAA Memorandum of Understanding. which sets out the principles, practices and behaviour of how the Award is to be run.


These ensure that all Operators maintain comparable standards of practice as advised by the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, manage the Award fairly and impartially in all respects and ensures that the Award is open to all, subject to the age parameters.

The Fundraising Policy is designed to highlight our practices which comply with that which is mandatory at law in Barbados and that which constitutes advice on best practice. This policy includes: Key Principles of Transparency, How the Award Works, Key Requirements, Fundraising and Marketing Materials and Maintaining Relationships with Donors and  Definitions of Key Words. 

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. It provides the agreed definitions by the Foundation and its Operators.

The Guiding Principles 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.

The Award is open to all regardless of colour, creed, gender or belief. As such, we will seek to create an environment free from discrimination. This Policy establishes the Award's position regarding discrimination among Participants, volunteers and staff of the Award. 

This Privacy Notice sets out the rules governing the Award globally, and is to be adhered to by all organizations licensed to manage or deliver the Award, including the Award in Barbados, and its sublicencees.

A quick guide to the principles of Safe From Harm as outlined by the International Award Foundation.

This policy emphasizes The Award's position regarding sexual harassment. It expresses its commitment to providing a safe environment, its approach concerning any incident, and it expresses The Award's confidentiality as well, excluding when information is needed for investigations or for disciplinary measures. 

This provides guidelines for staff, volunteers, participants, stakeholders, and affiliated groups in relation to using social media. 

This highlights the mutual expectations of The Award and its volunteers as we work together to accomplish our goals.  

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