Opinion

Charity Commission's Regulatory Update

9th August 2018

In its regulatory update, the Charity Commission set out four clear expectations of trustees:

  • To provide a safe and trusted environment - safeguarding involves a duty of care to everyone who comes into contact with charity, not just vulnerable beneficiaries like children and young people
  • To set an organisational culture that prioritises safeguarding, so that it is safe for people to report incidents and concerns in the knowledge that they will be dealt with appropriately
  • To have adequate safeguarding policies, procedures and measures to protect people and make sure these are made public, reviewed regularly and kept up-to-date
  • To handle incidents as they arise. Report them to relevant authorities including police and the Charity Commission. Learn from mistakes and put in place relevant mechanisms to stop them from happening again.

The Charity Commission’s advice is that trustees should now:

  • Undertake a thorough review of charity’s safeguarding governance and management arrangements and performance if they haven’t done so within last 12 months
  • Contact the Commission about any safeguarding issues, or serious safeguarding incidents, complaints or allegations which have not previously been disclosed to them.

Implications for charities

It is clear that charities will come under ever increasing scrutiny in respect of safeguarding issues and highlights the importance of trustees taking this issue very seriously and ensuring thorough reviews are carried out on any processes and procedures, even where they do not have direct contact with vulnerable beneficiaries.

If you would like further information on any aspects of safeguarding issues relating to your organisation, please contact either Kirsty McEwen or Ellie Williams.

 

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