It had been less than a month since Oxfam was granted approval to re-apply for Government funds. Following the suspension of staff members, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office reiterated that charities bidding for Government funds must “meet the high standards of safeguarding required to keep the people they work with safe”.
This news serves as a strong reminder to all charities that the actions of their staff, whether paid or voluntary, fall under close scrutiny. Charities of all sizes must have safeguards and policies in place to protect both those working for the charity and those who the charity assists. Should impropriety occur, the impact on the charity can be far-reaching and not only isolated to negative press coverage. Missing out on funds will inevitably set back both the charity and those it aims to help.
If you require legal advice on the operation of your charity or the actions of its staff, we would be happy to arrange an initial conversation to see if a member of our Charities, Education and Social Enterprise team can help.