Charity Commission addresses safeguarding issues in recent summit - Thorne Widgery

The Charity Commission for England and Wales has revealed the details of a recent summit concerning charity safeguarding.

The meeting comes after several high profile charity failures, including sexual exploitation revelations reported by Oxfam.

The regulator said UK charities came together to commit to strengthening their leadership, culture, and capacity around safeguarding issues.

Four themes were agreed for priority action, including ‘responsibilities and reporting, accountability and transparency’, as well as ‘law, regulation and the statutory framework’.

Helen Stephenson, Chief Executive of the Charity Commission, said: “Keeping people safe must be the top priority for all charities, wherever they work and whatever they do – the public, rightly, expect all charities to be safe places for those who come into contact with them. Sadly, concerns about safeguarding in charities are not limited to international aid organisations. Charities working in the UK have their own safeguarding challenges that must be addressed.

“I am encouraged by the commitment shown today by UK charities to lead and drive improvements around safeguarding. That commitment must be followed by firm action, and we as regulator will work with and support charities in developing practical, workable changes.”

Minister for Civil Society, Tracey Crouch, added: “Safeguarding must be at the heart of every charity’s culture and a central priority for its leadership. I have been clear to the sector that they must make safeguarding a key priority. It is crucial that the sector addresses this issue urgently to protect vulnerable people and rebuild the public’s trust.”

The Charity Commission recently addressed these issues in a new regulatory and risk framework. The updated document, found here, sets out the Commission’s approach to safeguarding infringements.