Moving charities on from Kids Company fall-out

The House of Commons committee investigating ‘Whitehall’s Relationship with Kids Company’ has published its report, with the official news item headed “The collapse of Kids Company: extraordinary catalogue of failures”.

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee finds that while ultimate responsibility lies with the charity’s “negligent” trustees, Government and regulators such as the Charity Commission must also learn lessons from this failure.

The report ‘The collapse of Kids Company: lessons for charity trustees, professional firms, the Charity Commission, and Whitehall’ is available in web or pdf formats via the news release, which also has a summary.

Charity Commission response.

Learning the right lessons

Sector reaction largely focuses on learning the right lessons from the collapse, not necessarily the ones with the strongest focus in the report or the media coverage.

Supporting charities

Charity leaders’ network ACEVO has taken the opportunity to promote the idea of a Charities Excellence Hub.

“We have to learn the main lesson from the Kids Company collapse. That for years there has been underinvestment in good governance and leadership. So ACEVO is taking the initiative with the Charities Excellence Hub.”

ACEVO says that the Hub will need strong support from government and the Charity Commission.

BBC programme

Camila’s Kids Company: The Inside Story‘, shown Weds 3rd February and available on iPlayer, gives some behind the scenes insight into the charity’s workings immediately before the collapse.