'Sex offenders' inquiry cases have increased, says Charity Commission

Report shows rise in the number of investigations into procedures to protect vulnerable beneficiaries

The number of Charity Commission investigations into charities for failures in their procedures to safeguard vulnerable beneficiaries tripled between 2007/08 and 2008/09, according to a new report.

In 2008/09 the commission dealt with 34 such cases, which include cases where registered sex offenders had become trustees, compared with 12 in the previous year. Action was taken in 30 of these cases.

In its Charities Back on Track 2008-09 report, the commission says it is "concerned" by the matter and warns charities that work with vulnerable people that they are legally obliged to apply safeguarding procedures properly and consistently.

However, the report also says the rise could have been caused by growing awareness of the issue and of the regulator's regime for reporting serious incidents.



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