Charity Commission chief says the regulator will be more proactive

In a blog published today, chief executive Paula Sussex says she wants the regulator to be less reactive and more proactive

The chief executive of the Charity Commission Paula Sussex has pledged to move the regulator away from "reactive casework" and become more proactive over the coming year.

In a blog published today on the commission's website on how the commission is working towards its strategic plan, Sussex also says helping charities with their safeguarding of vulnerable people would be a key priority for the regulator in the next 12 months.

The regulator’s strategic plan for 2015-18, published in June last year, listed protecting charities from abuse or mismanagement as its top objective.

As part of this goal, Sussex says today in her blog that the commission would use the next year to focus on developing and improving how it assesses risk when looking at new cases.

She says: "We will also intensify our proactive work (mainly through our visits, monitoring and accountancy casework and thematic work) with a view to a longer-term goal of shifting away from reactive casework to identifying new issues and risks."

She also says the commission will keep charities up to date about any new threats or risks it finds through its regulatory alerts system and that the commission plans to focus more on its use of technology, which will lead to more focus on outcomes and shorter cases.

Sussex says the national Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is likely to have "significant implications" for charities working with children and vulnerable adults, and for the commission.

"We will be communicating safeguarding lessons to trustees and staff in charities and at the same time we will be refreshing our strategy on safeguarding through our expanded safeguarding advisory group," she says.

The blog entry comes just over a month after the Jehovah’s Witness charity the Watch Tower and Bible Tract Society of Britain was told it could not prevent the commission from carrying out a statutory inquiry into the charity’s safeguarding processes following allegations of child abuse. 

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