Sharp Spike In Number Of Abuse Reported To Charity Commission: Report
More than one thousand complaints, including sexual harassment, bullying, and abuse have been reported by charities since the Oxfam scandal, it has emerged.

The Charity Commission reported that out of 1,150 reports it has received, 734 new cases were about safeguarding incidents from February to May, compared with 1,210 in the whole of 2016/17.

The reports related to a group of 179 charities contacted by Penny Mordaunt, the UK’s international development secretary.

According to Commission, the incidents ranged from allegations of abuse, including sexual abuse of volunteers, beneficiaries, and children, to reports of safeguarding procedures not being followed.

The Commission received 620 safeguarding related reports in April and May 2018, compared to 196 during the same period in 2017.

Since the allegations of sexual misconduct by Oxfam workers following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, a total of 734 new cases relating to safeguarding concerns have been opened.

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The commission also investigated 95% of the 5,500 reports it received between 1 April 2014 and 20 February 2018 and said it has completed its analysis in 95% of the cases.

Of those reports, 3,000 were related to potential criminal behaviour, all of which were reported to police or other relevant authority.

Helen Stephenson, chief executive of the commission, told the Commons international development committee that her organisation was “stretched in terms of the amount of work coming in”.

Stephenson said that as the vast majority of the 17,000 charities registered by the commission were very small, it was crucial all organisations were supported and encouraged to be accountable and transparent when dealing with abuse allegations.

“The message from us is that we have made good strides and other donors are coming with us and if you are a predatory individual then the time to move on is now,” she said.

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