Charity Commission updates safeguarding guidance

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23 October, 2018


The Charity Commission has updated its guidance on how workers or volunteers can report wrongdoing at a charity.

The updates mainly focus on broadening the definition of safeguarding and what should be reported.

The important updates include a broader definition of safeguarding and incidents, new examples – including those involving partners, a requirement to report criminality that has taken place overseas and guidance on how to report multi-organisational incidents.

The Commission has also published its report from its safeguarding taskforce. The taskforce looked into a number of issues following intense media scrutiny of safeguarding in charities. The Commission was found to have done its duties correctly in cases that it dealt with, however it needs to take steps to reduce underreporting and ensure that reports are of a greater quality.

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