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Monitoring and compliance guidance

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has statutory objectives to ensure trustees comply with their legal obligations in managing charities and to increase public trust and confidence in charities. We also have a statutory function to identify and investigate apparent misconduct or mismanagement in the administration charities, and to take remedial or protective action.

We will do this in a number of ways through our compliance work, which may lead to us carrying out investigations or monitoring charities.

How we ensure charities comply with their legal requirements 

The Commission has produced guidance to support charity trustees to comply with their legal obligations and best practice requirements. It provides information on how the Commission monitors and identifies non-compliance, and the consequences for charity trustees where non-compliance is identified. 

The guidance also includes a range of examples to illustrate information provided; it is important to note that these examples are not exhaustive and that charities may wish to seek professional advice if they are uncertain regarding their obligations.

CCNI EG042 Monitoring and compliance guidance - getting it right

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In carrying out assessments and investigations we will work, where appropriate, with other regulators, law enforcement agencies and other government departments. We will also raise awareness of the results of this work for the benefit of the wider sector.

For more information on the action we may take to ensure charities comply with their legal requirements, please use the links below:

Assessing concerns about charities

Where we  investigate charities

Working with other agencies, regulators and departments

When we can help resolve internal conflicts in a charity