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Charity Commission issues new Guidance on Fraud

The Fraud Advisory Panel at the Charity Commission has published new guidance to help charities deal with the threat of fraud.

Trustees are legally responsible for ensuring that their charity’s funds are properly used. This means that they must take steps to prevent funds being lost through fraud and other financial crime. Sound financial controls and good management are key.

The Commission aims to help charities protect themselves from fraud by raising awareness of the risks, and by providing guidance on how fraud should be managed. If there is evidence of mismanagement or misconduct, the Commission will intervene directly to protect the charity’s funds from abuse.

A number of Charity Commission publications give guidance on managing the risk of fraud. These can be found on the Commission’s website, and include:

• Compliance Toolkit: Protecting Charities from Harm, Chapter 3 - Fraud and Financial Crime

• Internal Financial Controls for Charities (CC8)

• Charities and Fundraising (CC20)

• Charities and Risk Management: A guide for trustees (CC26)

• Reporting Serious Incidents - guidance for trustees

• Alerts and warnings – information on specific risks that have been identified

 

 

Date: 9th July, 2012
Author: Wendy Bambrick

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