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Reporting serious incidents to the Charity Commission during the coronavirus pandemic

The Charity Commission has published guidance for trustees on what matters may need to be reported as a serious incident during the coronavirus pandemic

The guidance provides a list of key considerations for trustees and complements the existing guidance on serious incident reporting, which continues to be the main resource for helping trustees to decide whether to report an incident.

It is still important during the pandemic that trustees are aware of matters that may need to be reported as a serious incident. Timely reporting of serious incidents enables the Charity Commission to provide advice and guidance to charities where required. It also helps them to gain a better understanding of the risks facing the sector, which is particularly important now as they seek to understand how the pandemic is impacting on charities.

The Charity Commission’s guidance on serious incident reporting continues to be the main resource for helping trustees to decide whether to report. However, the pandemic is giving rise to some unprecedented challenges and scenarios that were not envisaged when this guidance was published, so they  therefore produced a supplementary examples table to help trustees to decide if they need to report an incident that is related to the pandemic. Trustees should still exercise their judgement in deciding whether an incident is significant in the context of their charity, taking account of its staff, operations, finances and/or reputation.

Read the full guidance here.