Regulator puts out call for information about Save the Children allegations

The Charity Commission has already opened a statutory inquiry into the charity to examine its handling, reporting and response to claims of misconduct by senior staff

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Charity Commission building

The Charity Commission has called for anyone with information about alleged misconduct at Save the Children to contact the regulator.

The commission opened a statutory inquiry into Save the Children UK two weeks ago to look into the charity’s handling, reporting and response to claims of misconduct and harassment by senior staff.

In February it was revealed that the charity had investigated chief executive Justin Forsyth in 2011 and 2015 over allegations that he sent inappropriate texts and made comments to female staff members.

Forsyth, who left the charity in 2015, apologised in February for his behaviour and stood down as deputy executive director of Unicef.

There have also been allegations about Brendan Cox, the charity’s former policy director and the widower of the murdered MP Jo Cox. These concerned alleged inappropriate behaviour towards women before he left the charity in 2015.

Sir Alan Parker, the chair of Save the Children International, resigned last night because of allegations that complaints about the behaviour of senior staff members had not been properly handled.

In a statement released today, the commission said: "The commission would like to hear from anyone with information which is relevant to the inquiry including misconduct allegations, complaints or incidents involving the charity, and has set up a dedicated email address for anyone wishing to contact or submit evidence to the inquiry."

Anyone wishing to pass information to the inquiry should contact savethechildreninquiry@charitycommission.gsi.gov.uk.

The statement said the inquiry was specifically focused on the charity’s safeguarding in the context of misconduct and harassment of its staff, not the charity’s safeguarding of its beneficiaries.

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