in News September 5, 2017

Charity Commission inquiry report reveals safeguarding failures

The Commission recently published its inquiry report into Manchester New Moston Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.  As always with the Commission’s inquiry reports, it is useful to consider the ‘Issues for the wider sector’, some of the key points are:

  • Charities which carry out activities with children or vulnerable adults, whether regular or otherwise, need to ensure that they have adequate measures in place to assess and address the risks;
  • Even when such work does not form part of the core business of a charity, trustees must still be alert to their responsibilities to protect from harm vulnerable groups with which the charity comes into contact;
  • Failure by trustees to safeguard children or vulnerable adults and  to manage risks adequately would be of serious regulatory concern to the Commission. This may be considered as misconduct or mismanagement in the administration of the charity;
  • The report sets out incidents which are considered as ‘serious incidents’ which need to be reported to the Commission as well as to statutory agencies.

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in News September 5, 2017