22 Dec 2017
The Charity Commission has issued a new regulatory alert to all charities about the importance of providing a safe environment for anyone who comes into contact with them, including staff and volunteers.
The Charity Commission has issued a
new regulatory alert to all charities about the importance of
providing a safe environment for anyone who comes into contact with
them, including staff and volunteers.
The alert follows a number of recent reports to the Commission
of serious incidents involving concerns about charity volunteers
and beneficiaries, allegations of staff harassment and media
reports about safeguarding incidents.
The Commission reminds charities that if something goes wrong,
the trustees are accountable and responsible for putting things
right. Trustees should therefore assure themselves that their
safeguarding practices are robust. Specifically, they should:
- review their charity's safeguarding governance and management
arrangements and performance if they have not done so within the
last 12 months.
- contact the Commission about safeguarding issues, or serious
safeguarding incidents, complaints or allegations which have not
previously been disclosed to the regulator or the appropriate
The Commission's recently revised
safeguarding strategy makes it clear that safeguarding should
be a key governance priority for all charities, not just those
working with groups traditionally considered at risk.
You can read more about the alert and a recent example of a case
involving a charity on the
Charity Commission website.
If you have any concerns about safeguarding in your
organisation, please get in touch with WCVA's Safeguarding Officer,
Suzanne Mollison on 0800 2888 329 or email