Barnardo's trustees look into allegations against incoming chief Javed Khan

The children's charity issues a statement after Victim Support, of which Khan is currently head, said there was no evidence to substantiate the claims of an armed dispute

Javed Khan
Javed Khan

The children's charity Barnardo’s has said it is looking into allegations that its incoming chief executive Javed Khan was involved in an armed dispute in Pakistan.

The Daily Mail newspaper reported in January that Khan, who is due to join Barnardo’s in May from his current position as chief executive of Victim Support, had used a group of men armed with automatic weapons to threaten rivals during a land dispute in Pakistan.

At the time, Khan described the allegations as "either false or a gross distortion of the truth" in a personal statement. He denied threatening anybody during the incident, which occurred during a private trip, and he denied that he or any of his associates had been armed.

Khan took mutually agreed leave from Victim Support while an independent investigation commissioned by the charity was carried out. The charity announced last month that the investigation had found no evidence to substantiate the published allegations, although it did not specify what the allegations were.

A spokesman for Victim Support said the report of the investigation had been shown to Barnardo's with Khan's permission.

A statement today from Barnardo’s, in response to questions from Third Sector, said: "Our trustees are looking into the issues raised in recent media reports and note the conclusion of Victim Support’s investigation. We continue to prepare for the arrival in May of Javed Khan as our new chief executive."

Separately, Victim Support has announced that Mark Castle, chief executive of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, will replace Khan in June.

Castle was previously head of the Association of Police Authorities, which he joined after a 31-year career in the army. He was awarded the OBE in 2004.

As chief of the APCC, he secured funding from all 41 police and crime commissioners after their elections in 2012 and currently holds positions in key agencies across the criminal justice system, including the College of Policing.

Enid Rowlands, chair of trustees at Victim Support, said Castle would bring a wealth of knowledge about the criminal justice system and its recent changes. "He also has vast experience of front-line service delivery," she said. "We are confident that his vision, energy and leadership will drive our charity on to even greater success in the future."

Castle said: "I have seen first-hand the devastating impact crime and lawlessness can have on people and communities and the value of prompt and effective help. I look forward to meeting the staff and volunteers, who I know do so much to help people in need."

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