Consultants and Associates (and their teams where applicable), contracting with the British Council are required to observe and adhere to, the following documents (including policies, charters and forms). It is the Consultants or Associates responsibility to familiarise themselves with and adhere to the policies, including the standards, behaviours and principles. You will also find here forms that may need to be completed and returned to the British Council dependant on the nature of the work being undertaken and the instructions given to you by the British Council Manager.

Adults at risk policy

The British Council recognises that we have a fundamental duty of care towards all adults we engage with including a duty to protect them from abuse.

Anti-fraud and corruption

In line with the Fraud Act 2006 and the Bribery Act 2010, the British Council has a ‘zero tolerance’ policy towards fraud, bribery and corruption.

Child protection policy

The British Council recognises that we have a fundamental duty of care towards all children we engage with including a duty to protect them from abuse. 

Counter-terrorism and anti-money laundering

We will assess the risks of becoming involved with terrorism and money laundering. We will put in place proportionate measures to manage those risks.

Equality policy

Our Equality policy commits us to ensuring that there is no unjustified discrimination in the recruitment, retention, training and development of our staff. 

Health and safety policy

In all that we do the British Council acknowledges our duty of care to ensure a healthy and safe place to work for our staff, customers and visitors. 

Environment policy

We recognise the impacts of our business operations and activities on the environment.

Freedom of information

We are committed to making the maximum amount on information about us and what we do readily available at minimum inconvenience and cost.


The British Council must acknowledge our duty of care to our staff, customers, visitors, consultants, contractors and others with whom we engage in a physical or online environment 


The British Council collects and uses personal information in order to help us offer individuals appropriate information, products and services. 

Brand guidelines

This site contains guidance and advice on our brand positioning, tone of voice, visual style and editorial standards, as well as artwork templates and logos to download. For any queries regarding the British Council brand, please contact the Brand Team:

Note: The policies, charters and forms may change form time to time, therefore Consultants and Associates should check the website frequently in order to familiarise themselves with updates.

Downloadable documents

Please download the following items from the download box below.

  • Code of conduct

This Code brings together some key standards and principles for the behaviour of members of staff, and others acting on the British Council’s behalf. It is designed to protect and enhance British Councils reputation and reflect our values.

  • Child protection self-declaration form

The British Council have a zero tolerance approach to Child Protection as outlined in our Child Protection policy above. If the nature of the work being undertaken involves working directly or indirectly with children you will be asked to sign the Child Protection Self-Declaration form which is an essential part of safeguarding when working with children. 

  • Screening statement

In line with our Counter-Terrorism and Anti-Money Laundering policy above, the British Council may carry out searches of consultants on screening databases. This statement explains what those searches are and how the results will be handled.  

  • Next of kin form

As part of British Council contingency measures it is important for us to record next of kin details for everyone who works for us. Completing this form ensures we can contact the relevant people in the event of an emergency.

  • Pro-forma invoice and expenses claim

This invoice format must be completed and submitted to British Council along with your signed timesheet, receipts, tickets etc to support any fees and reimbursable expenses claimed (as applicable).

  • Personal information charter

As an organisation British Council need to handle personal information in order to provide services for our customers and clients. This charter explains how British Council looks after that information.