Regulator releases new resources to help charities tackle fraud

The online resources will be run by two new sub-committees of the Charity Sector Counter-Fraud Group

The Charity Commission has launched two web pages designed to offer charities advice, resources and support in the fight against different types of fraud.

The two websites will be run by new sub-committees of the Charity Sector Counter-Fraud Group, a coalition of sector bodies and law enforcement agencies – with one focusing on fraud risk and resilience and the other tackling cyber fraud.

The CSCFG was set up last year to raise awareness of fraud risk in the sector and develop and spread good practice, and is led by the Charity Commission. It took over from the Voluntary Sector Fraud Group.

A Charity Commission spokeswoman said: "We hope that charities will find these resources helpful in improving their existing counter-fraud processes, and/or creating new ones.

"These pages have been launched as a shared portal, hosted by the commission, and going forward will hold a range of resources, including examples of best practice, case studies, toolkits and checklists.

"With this digital space we aim to help charities put in place suitable counter-fraud measures and be confident that their assets are well protected."

The fraud risk and resilience sub-committee will focus on existing gaps in charities’ abilities to fight fraud, identify best practice and be involved in sponsoring or directly developing tools to tackle the gaps it discovers.

The sub-committee will be co-chaired by Alan Bryce, senior manager, development, at the commission, and Diana Isiye, senior counter-fraud specialist at Oxfam. It will also include Claire Parris, investigations and enforcement development manager at the commission, Andrew O’ Brien, head of policy and engagement at the Charity Finance Group, and Laura Hough, counter-fraud specialist at Save the Children

The cyber-fraud sub-committee will have many of the same objectives as the fraud risk and resilience group, but with an increased focus on the risks posed to charities online.

The group will be co-chaired by Parris and Simon Parkin, a cyber-security researcher at University College London, and will include George Woodhams, a cyber security specialist from the computer emergency response agency Cert UK, David Wong of the National Crime Agency and Dina Henry, chief operating officer of CAF Bank.

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