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Safeguarding is a key governance priority, Charity Commission reminds trustees

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The Charity Commission has published a press release reminding trustees that safeguarding should be a priority for all charities, not just those working with groups traditionally considered at risk.

The Charity Commission has published a press release reminding trustees that safeguarding should be a priority for all charities, not just those working with groups traditionally considered at risk.

This comes as the regulator publishes a report which shows that safeguarding concerns are an increasing feature in its compliance casework with charities.

The Commission’s annual report on its compliance casework, Tackling abuse and mismanagement, reveals that safeguarding concerns featured in 302 regulatory compliance cases opened in 2016-17, up from 163 in the previous year. Disclosures with other agencies that have safeguarding responsibilities have increased by 30%, at 244 (up from 187 in 2015-16). Six statutory inquiries, the regulator’s most serious type of engagement with charities, featured safeguarding concerns.

Over half of serious incidents reported by the charities to their regulator related to safeguarding concerns (1,203 of 2,182).

The Commission recently updated its strategy on safeguarding in charities, which reminded trustees that they should proactively safeguard and promote the welfare of their charity’s beneficiaries and take reasonable steps to ensure that their be

neficiaries or others who come into contact with their charity do not, as a result, come to harm.

Last month, the Commission issued an alert to charities reminding them of the importance of safeguarding, following a number of reports of serious incidents, and growing public interest in and concerns about accusations of harassment in the work place, including media reporting about some safeguarding incidents which have affected charities.

You can read the press release and the full report on the Charity Commission’s website.

WCVA’s Safeguarding service is here to support the sector with free information and guidance on safeguarding. If you have any queries or concerns about safeguarding in your organisation, please get in touch with our Safeguarding Officer, Suzanne Mollison by emailing safeguarding@wcva.org.uk or call our Helpdesk

 

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