Policy paper: Strategy for dealing with safeguarding issues in charities

Updated: Updated strategy sets out the Commission’s approach to safeguarding, and explains what trustees’ charity law duties mean in the context of safeguarding.

One of the Charity Commission’s strategic aims is to ensure that trustees carry out their duties as required by law. This includes trustees taking reasonable steps to protect their beneficiaries, and others who come into contact with their charity, from harm.

Safeguarding should be a key governance priority for trustees. Any failure by trustees to manage safeguarding risks adequately is of serious regulatory concern to the Commission. It may consider this to be misconduct and/or mismanagement in the administration of the charity and this may also be a breach of trustee duty.

This strategy sets out:

  • how the Charity Commission works with the charity sector and other agencies to prevent safeguarding concerns arising

  • its regulatory role in ensuring that trustees carry out their duties to protect their beneficiaries, and others who come into contact with their charity, from harm

  • how it responds to allegations or reports of safeguarding incidents in charities

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