Opinion

Safeguarding Taskforce

9th August 2018

In addition to managing responses to reports of serious incidents, the Charity Commission safeguarding task force set up in February 2018, will also undertake a review of historic serious incidents and whistleblowing reports that had been received previously.

Overall, the Commission reported it received 532 new reports of serious incidents on safeguarding in February/March 2018 compared to a total of 1,210 in all of 2016-17.

The work of the Commission's task force will be published in a report intended to set out the key findings and lessons for charities. The date of publication is yet to be confirmed, but this newsletter will report on its findings when published.

Implications for charities

Incidents such as the investigations into historic abuse at Ampleforth College in Yorkshire, the statutory inquiry into Save The Children amid concerns about the handling of serious allegations of misconduct highlight the significance of safeguarding as a governance issue for charity trustees, and the need for rigour in ensuring appropriate procedures are in place to prevent contravening safeguarding requirements.

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

 

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