Q-CAT has a charitable constitution (Registered Charity No. 1093757). It is a simple trust deed. This was adopted by the Trustees at their meeting on 25th January 2021 and is registered with the Charity Commission. See the document here.
The Charity’s objects are
- to promote the religious concern recognised by Britain Yearly Meeting and Meeting for Sufferings for the abolition of torture. The Charity is the Britain Yearly Meeting body with authority to speak on the concern against torture.
- to promote, educate and raise awareness of Friends, other churches, other faiths, the government and the public at large concerning: the absolute nature of the ban on torture under international law, the realities of the use of torture in the world today, including damaging effects on both victims of torture and torturers, and the wider effects of torture on civic society.
Up to 12 Trustees may be appointed by the Charity Trustees in session, from Supporting Area Meetings (currently Central England, North Wales, South East Scotland and Wirral and Chester) or through the Charity’s Nominations Committee. They are allowed to serve up to nine years concurrently.
The original 2008 constitution has been replaced, to allow for more overt Quaker governance in its workings. In 2014 Q-CAT became a Linked Recognised Body of Britain Yearly Meeting i.e. part of the formal structures of Britain Yearly Meeting as the church, but not under the direction or financial management of the trustees of Britain Yearly Meeting (the charity).