Charity Commission launches new hotline for whistleblowers

03 Jun 2019 News

The Charity Commission has launched an advice line for charity whistleblowers to help people report concerns to the regulator.

In a blog posted on the Commission’s website, chief executive Helen Stephenson said that the regulator would be improving its support for potential whistleblowers through an advice line which will offer confidential advice about how to go about whistleblowing.

She said: “We want to make it easier for charity workers and volunteers to draw serious concerns about their charity to our attention, particularly where the charity’s trustees and senior management team aren’t addressing them.”

She added that the regulator understands that whistleblowing can be difficult so believes it is important to provide people with support.

Members of the team will phone each whistleblower to discuss concerns they have raised and will act as a direct point of contact as they take the matter forwards.

Stephenson added: “We will continue to evaluate and act on concerns from whistleblowers in line with our risk operating model so that we are able to focus our attention on the most serious risks, and use information about less serious risks to build up a better informed picture of the threats to individual or groups of charities.”

The project was created by the Commission and will be operated independently by the whistleblowing charity Protect. It comes as part of a £53,000 fund from DCMS to improve safeguarding, announced in October 2018.

The service will initially be piloted for six months.

People wishing to contact the service can call 08000 557214.

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