Themes and lessons learnt from our compliance work

Publishing the outcomes and wider lessons from our compliance work, is an important way of encouraging trustees to ensure they comply with their legal obligations and of helping them to protect their charities against abuse.

We put great emphasis on preventive work, seeking to clarify legal requirements and to help spread and build good practice in collaboration and partnership with the sector. We do this by:

  • Raising awareness of risks facing charities and publicising alerts and warnings;
  • Widely promoting compliance guidance and good practice advice through compliance outreach work and communications;
  • Consulting and collaborating with the sector on developing compliance policy and guidance;
  • Publishing a Compliance Toolkit for trustees: Protecting Charities from Harm
  • Signposting to other sources of information, advice and guidance provided by sector groups, government agencies or other organisations; and
  • Publishing reports of our investigations, both the results of our statutory inquiries and, where it is in the public interest, regulatory compliance cases
Charities Back on Track

The Commission publishes annual reports on the themes and wider issues arising from its compliance work. Using case studies, we aim to improve trustees' awareness of the common problems that can arise in charities, and provide guidance on how to avoid similar situations from happening in their charities.

We hope the reports will help to build an understanding of the Commission’s compliance work by demonstrating the sort of regulatory action we can take and the impact it has in protecting charities from abuse and harm. They also provide basic statistical information on our casework and performance, and outline some relevant policy and other developments and our key priorities for the future.

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