The Charity Commission’s view on serious incident reporting

26th September 2018

Charities that don’t report serious incident reports to the Charity Commission could be deemed more risky than those that do, says its director of investigations Michelle Russell.

The topic was under discussion at law firm BWB’s annual charity tea party, which was reported on by Third Sector magazine.

The topic of serious incident reporting and organisational reputation received renewed focus last year, most notably in relation to safeguarding. As such, this perspective from the regulator will be helpful if it shifts public opinion, and provides reassurance to trustees who may have been concerned about making serious incident reports for fear it would be viewed negatively.

Instead, this news suggests the commission wants to encourage the use of serious incident reporting as a means of managing risk and ensuring transparency within the sector, rather than as an indication of wrongdoing.

Trustees role and contribution research

Henley Business School has launched a major research programme exploring the role and contribution of charity trustees.

They have conducted a series of interviews with chairs, CEOs, trustees and other stakeholders had have now developed a survey to gain further insight. The business school is looking for executive and non-executive board members to complete the survey. The survey aims to provide insights to improve governance and support for trustees, provide a picture of the demands, constraints and dilemmas they face, and produce recommendations for discussion.

NCVO is pleased to support this work as we expect the findings will be useful in expanding our understanding of effective governance and the contribution of trustees. We would encourage you and your board to complete this survey and share the link with other board members.

The survey should take 15-20 minutes to complete and closes on 15 October 2018. You can access the survey here.

All responses will be treated anonymously, with the results summarised in an aggregated form. We will feed back on findings later in the year. If you have any questions please contact Filipe Morais at Henley Business School: f.morais@henley.ac.uk