Whistle blowing in Charities on the increase
The Charity Commission has reported that whistle blowing disclosures in the sector have more than doubled in the last two years. The Commission received 185 whistleblowing disclosures between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019, compared to 101 disclosures received in 2017-18 and 88 disclosures in 2016-17. For the first time concerns by volunteers have been considered as whistle blowing, although over 90% of the disclosures came from employees or ex-employees.
The top three issues reported in 2018-19 were safeguarding, governance and fraud or money laundering. Other issues included terrorism and charities being set up for improper use. Safeguarding as the most reported issue marks a change from previous years, when governance has been most the most reported concern, influenced by the high-profile nature of recent safeguarding incidents in the charity sector. Disclosures were most prevalent in charities dealing with educational, disability and religious matters.