5 Mar 2018
The Charity Commission has announced a suite of measures to help ensure charities learn the wider lessons from recent safeguarding revelations involving Oxfam and other charities, and to strengthen public trust and confidence in charities.
The Charity Commission has announced
a suite of measures to help ensure charities learn the wider
lessons from recent safeguarding revelations involving Oxfam and
other charities, and to strengthen public trust and confidence in
The measures include:
Summit on safeguarding in UK charities
A Summit on safeguarding in UK charities and umbrella bodies
working in the UK. The summit will be an opportunity to reaffirm
how vital it is that safeguarding is a key governance priority for
charities, and to:
- establish a shared understanding of the safeguarding challenges
facing charities working in the UK and emphasise the importance of
maintaining public trust in the sector
- hear the sector's ideas for solutions and what actions they are
taking and will take
- agree and commit to actions jointly and individually to
strengthen the safeguarding capability and capacity of charities
working across the UK
New Charity Commission taskforce to handle the recent
increase in safeguarding incident reports
The Commission is establishing a taskforce, including staff from
across the Commission, to deal with the increased volume of
safeguarding serious incident reports which it is already
experiencing since the Oxfam story first appeared. The team will
also undertake proactive work to ensure prompt and full reporting
of serious safeguarding incidents, and give advice to charities
reporting safeguarding incidents on appropriate actions.
Is is also reissuing its previous alert to all charities
emphasising the importance of full and frank disclosure.
Additional safeguarding expertise
In addition to its existing engagement with various safeguarding
experts in charities and across partner agencies, the commission
will also use independent experts on safeguarding, both in the
international context and in the UK, to advise and support the work
of the taskforce, the investigations team leading the Oxfam
inquiry, and the two charity summits.
Communication with informants
Helen Stephenson has also said she wants the organisation to
review the way in which it communicates with informants who raise
serious regulatory concerns that result in regulatory action.
Key recent work on safeguarding by regulator
Annual report on compliance case work published in February
2018 - report highlights growing case work involving safeguarding
issues, and reminds charities to prioritise safeguarding in their
Safeguarding strategy updated in December 2017: the new
strategy makes clear that safeguarding is a key governance priority
for all charities, not just those working with groups traditionally
Safeguarding alert issued in December 2017 warning charities to
a) report incidents now if they have failed to in the past and b)
review their safeguarding policy and procedures if they have not
done so in the last 12 months. The Commission will reissue that
alert to all charities emphasising the importance of full and frank
Safeguarding alert issued in October 2017 to newly registered
veterans charities, following a proactive case-working project
which highlighted concerns around safeguarding in some newly
registered military charities.
Guidance on reporting serious incidents - updated in September
2017. This followed a consultation with charities. In publishing
the new guidance, the Commission highlighted its concerns that
charities continue to underreport incidents.
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