Good governance isn’t an end in itself; it’s about delivering the charity’s purpose as effectively as possible, and understanding the need the charity is meeting. It’s about demonstrating leadership, integrity, accountability and sound judgement

– the Nolan Principles of Public Life


At Cardiff Women’s Aid, we are proud of how well governed our organisation is. Throughout our leadership and management programme, we ensure that we always strive to work and make decisions that are mindful of:

  1. Our mission:

    This mission being to end both act of and harm done through Violence against Women and Girls, working to prevent these acts as well as provide services that meet the needs of survivors.

  2. Our values:

    We are independent, expert and trusted. Our work remains courageous, creative and empowering. Our values framework informs not only our work with women and children, but also as an organisation and our relationships with partners and stakeholders. We strive to ensure that integrity, community, collaboration, creativity, possibility and mindfulness are at the centre of all we do.

  3. Our feminist framework:

    Here at Cardiff Women's Aid, we take a feminist approach. We ensure that we put into practice: intersectionality, evidence, practice, expertise and lived experience, and partnerships and collaborations.



ISOs are important in our accreditation as they ensure the quality of our governance, as well as integrity and transparency of our organisation.

ISO 1400 - assures internal staff, as well as external stakeholders, that our environmental impact is being measured and consistently improved

ISO 9001 - ensures and helps in maintaining legal requirements of our organisation that ensure quality. ISO 9001 maintains “quality management principles, including strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach and continual improvement.”

Welsh Women’s Aid

Cardiff Women’s Aid is a proud member of Welsh Women’s Aid where we work within a network of specialist services to ensure a coherent and responsive service is available for survivors of VAWDASV across Wales and the UK. Our external verification with Welsh Women’s Aid ensures that we are delivering quality in our specialist nature of our organisation and ensures that we are consistently working in the right manner and direction.

SafeLives Leading Lights

Our SafeLives Leading Lights accreditation is a mark of quality for domestic abuse services and is recognised amongst commissioners and funders across the UK. Our accreditation is evidence of the quality of the services that we provide

Our Guiding principles

Our Trustees

Our Feminist Framework