Anti-racism charity Kick It Out declines to release findings of independent review

The report into its culture and governance was commissioned after concerns were raised about the way it handled staff complaints

The anti-racism in football charity Kick It Out has said it will not make public the findings of an independent review of its culture and governance.

In December, the Charity Commission opened a regulatory compliance case into the anti-racism charity amid concerns about an alleged lack of support for staff.

It is believed that the regulator opened the case after receiving a complaint from at least one former employee about the charity and a report from trustees of a serious incident involving the sexual assault of a female staff member by someone not employed by the charity.

The charity announced at the time that it was commissioning an independent review to look into the issues raised.

Last year, the charity’s founding chair of 25 years, Lord Herman Ouseley, stepped down, saying it was the right time for new leadership to take over.

In a statement, Kick It Out said that it had now concluded the independent, QC-led review into its culture and governance and the findings had been shared with the Charity Commission. However, it declined to share the report more widely. 

The statement said: "The report will not be made public as those who supported the review were guaranteed anonymity as part of the process.

"We would like to place on record our thanks to all those who contributed to the report and the independent QC for carrying out the review."

"This year will see the arrival of a new chair at Kick It Out and the trustees will support the organisation in putting in place recommendations from the report, which include improving governance, support structures and policies for both employees and senior management to ensure all are able to do what Kick It Out does best: ridding football of injustice and prejudice."

The charity’s latest annual accounts show it employed 13 people and had an income of £868,000 in the financial year to June 2018.

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