The Council is a local authority. It is a statutory, corporate body and therefore does not have a constitution. For governance purposes it has its own standing orders and financial regulations together with various policies and procedures. The Council serves the community,makes decisions for the benefit of the community, represents the community on other bodies and acts as a pressure group.
The Council is the sole trustee of the Ravenfield Youth Charity and custodial trustee of other local (parochial) charities.
The Council has seven members, its first meeting was held in August 1912 and it has to comply with local government legislation.
Ravenfield is a village to the east of Rotherham Town Centre with a population of 2,400 approx. Within the Parish boundary there are 1,168 residential properties. It is seen as a rural, relatively affluent area and a desirable place to live. Ravenfield has a high proportion of people aged over 60.