Charity Commission updates guidance on serious incidents, launches anti-fraud resource

The Charity Commission is consulting on proposed updates to its guidance for charities ‘What to do if something goes wrong: reporting serious incidents’. The guidance

aims to help charities identify what to report and when. Listing the most common types of incidents, the guidance explains what should be reported to the Commission (as well as to the police and other regulators). New checklists and a table of examples of what, and what not, to report to the Commission are included.

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Official moves to stop fraud in charities

The Charity Sector Counter-Fraud Group, set up by the Charity Commission along with other regulators and sector bodies, was reconfigured and re-launched in October 2015. The terms of reference for the group and its two sub-committees (Cyber Fraud Resilience, Fraud Risk and Resilience) have now been published by the Charity Commission.

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Steps in preventing charity fraud

Third Sector has a useful article on ‘Facing up to the possibility of internal fraud’, http://www.thirdsector.co.uk/simon-dukes-facing-possibility-internal-fraud/finance/article/1336053.

Authored by the chief executive of Cifas, a fraud prevention membership body, it points out that staff and volunteers “may be your greatest weakness when it comes to insider fraud” – but also your greatest strength. As the charity sector is diverse and complex, there is no silver bullet for fraud prevention, but he gives some starting points.

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