Children's groups in talks on registration

Indira Das-Gupta

The Charity Commission is consulting the chief executives of the 10 biggest children's charities on whether regulations regarding new charities should be tightened.

The move follows a Daily Mirror expose last month in which a reporter managed to set up a new charity in the name of a convicted paedophile (Third Sector, 18 January).

The story exposed a loophole in the existing rules whereby organisations that work with children or vulnerable adults and are seeking charitable status need only tick a box on the application form declaring trustees have undergone a Criminal Records Bureau check. Organisations do not need to provide evidence that checks have actually happened.

In a letter to the 10 charities, Andrew Hind, chief executive of the Charity Commission, said: "Some independent corroboration of CRB checks having been successfully completed before a charity is formally registered will almost certainly form part of our procedural changes.

"Although child protection must come first, we need to ensure any changes do not lead to unnecessary delays or burdens for applicants seeking to register."

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