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Serious incident reporting: a guide for charity trustees

If a serious incident occurs in a charity, trustees should follow the correct processes to manage the incident and report it to the appropriate authorities, including the Commission as the charity regulator. This is the case whether it is an actual, or an alleged, incident.

Charity trustees should report what happened to the Commission and explain how the incident is being managed. The Commission’s role is to ensure that trustees take appropriate steps to limit the immediate impact of the incident and prevent it from happening again. There may be no need for the Commission to take any action if it is clear to us that the trustees are effectively handling the issue.

Serious incident reporting: a guide for charity trustees, which is available to read or download below, acts as a step-by-step guide for trustees, highlighting what constitutes a serious incident, as well as when and how to report the incident to the Commission.

Download CCNI EG059 Serious incident reporting - a guide for charity trustees PDF (580.8 KB)

If you have a serious incident you wish to alert the Commission to, please use the online Concern about a charity: form:

Concern about a charity: form