Reflections from the Baring’s Independence Panel
Slocock, Caroline (2015)

In February this year, the Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector published its final report, concluding that the sector’s independence was under serious and growing threat. Caroline Slocock will talk about its findings and recommendations, focusing on past and potential future threats to the campaigning role of the sector; analysing the underlying reasons for this situation; considering how the sector’s independent voice can be strengthened in future; and looking forward to the work of the forthcoming Commission on the Future of the Voluntary Sector, for which the Baring Foundation is currently fundraising.


Caroline Slocock is the Director of Civil Exchange, a think tank set up to help government and civil society work better together, and is an expert on the relationship between the voluntary sector and government. She acted as the Secretary to the Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector, which published its fourth and final report, An Independent Mission: the voluntary sector in 2015, earlier this year. Civil Exchange is now working on two follow up reports to be published in early 2016 and 2017. In 2014, she edited Making Good: the future of the voluntary sector, which brings together essays by voluntary sector leaders, and a number of whom called for the sector to speak with a more confident voice and work to shape, not just deliver public services. Earlier this year, Civil Exchange also published Whose Society? The final Big Society Audit.