The Charity Commission has issued a regulatory alert which will be of interest to charity clients who are involved in overseas aid. The alert highlights the ways in which charities can strengthen their efforts to keep people safe including making it easier for recipients of aid to report allegations of misconduct and abuse and taking a ‘survivor-centred’ approach to handling incidents of harm. The Charity Commission published the alert after an analysis of recent serious incident reports submitted to the commission identified specific areas of weaknesses or risk around safeguarding in international aid charities. It identifies best practice for charities working in this field.

When publishing the alert, the Charity Commission reminded charities that effective safeguarding is “never complete” and that all charities, in the aid sector and beyond, must be alert to the risk of sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse and should foster a culture committed to rooting it out.

For further advice please contact Sarah Clune.