Charities don’t report enough serious incidents

26 October 2017

The Charity Commission has released ‘How to report a serious incident in your charity’ as a replacement for previous guidance. It outlines types of serious incident that charities should be reporting and includes a checklist for trustees.

Last year, charities reported 2,181 incidents to the Commission. Some 55 per cent related to safeguarding, a third to internal (‘insider’) fraud, and 14 per cent related to external fraud or money laundering.

Sarah Atkinson, director of policy and communication at the Commission, said: “We remain concerned about significant underreporting of serious incidents to the Commission. Too often, our casework shows that an incident could and should have been reported to us at a much earlier stage.”

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