Concerns about charities guidance
Charities play an important role in society and people care deeply about the causes charities are involved with. However, on occasion, someone may have a concern about a charity or group of charities and look to the Commission, as the regulator of charities in Northern Ireland, to take up that concern.
When we receive a concern about a charity we will consider the issue reported to us, take a view as to whether we are best placed to deal with the matter and look at the most appropriate form of action in the circumstances.
As a proportionate regulator we will only take up issues where we believe there is substance to a concern. We will not act on unsubstantiated allegations, rumour or opinion. To do so would not only impact on our limited resources but also has the potential to unfairly disrupt the charity's work.
Where we do take action, that action will be evidence based and proportionate, taking account of the issue, the risk involved to the charity and its beneficiaries, and the capacity of the charity to comply.
To support you in understanding the Commission’s concerns process we have produced two guidance documents to:
- advise individuals and organisations on how to raise a concern with the Commission
- explain what happens when a concern is raised about a charity, setting out what an individual or charity that is the subject of an investigation can expect.
CCNI EG045 How to raise a concern about a charity guidance
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CCNI EG044 Dealing with concerns about charities guidance
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