In 2018, the Charity Commission expressed concern about the number of serious incident reports that it was receiving from charities.

Its concern was not that there were too many reports but rather that there were too few: despite an upward trend in the number of reports being received annually, the Commission’s analysis found that only 1.5% of registered charities had submitted any kind of serious incident report since 2014, and that only 0.9% had reported a safeguarding incident during the same period.

Rather than taking this to be an indicator that much was well within the sector, the Commission decided that it was evidence of systemic under-reporting of serious incidents by charity trustees.

As a matter of law,...

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