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 authorities.

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 safeguarding@wcva.org.uk