Rosamund McCarthy and Emma Dowden-Teale, partners in our Charity & Social Enterprise and Public & Regulatory teams, respectively, have taken part in a wide-ranging Charity Finance roundtable on how charities can address safeguarding matters.

The panel covered a range of different topics during their discussion. Among other issues Emma highlighted how charities need to, when a safeguarding crisis emerges, act quickly by establishing the facts of the matter, by verifying insurers are ‘on board’ and by checking their database of funding contracts to ensure any institutional funders are notified promptly.

Emma also says she would “recommend that a root cause analysis is undertaken as soon as possible to determine what, why and how it all went wrong, and as quickly as feasibly possible produce a detailed action plan to put in place arrangements to manage live risks and/or mitigate the impact on those affected as well as to prevent recurrence in future”.

Separate to Emma’s contribution, Rosamund observes that regulators are restricted by finite resources so “they can’t investigate everyone. Therefore some charities become emblematic, a symbol of the problem and end up with a massive focus on them”. She also raises the question of what effect the ‘threat of resource and time-intensive crisis management will have on voluntary trusteeships’ at smaller charities.

The panel’s other spokespeople were Chief Executive of the VSO Philip Goodwin, George Pascoe-Watson, Senior Partner and Chief Adviser at Portland Communications, and the Fundraising Regulator’s CEO Gerald Oppenheim. You can read the rest of this discussion on Charity Finance’s site (paywalled) here.