Charity Commission’s new incident reporting form

The Charity Commission has produced a new online form for Trustees to report serious incidents.

Serious incidents are both actual or alleged risks such as:

  • Harm to beneficiaries, staff, volunteers
  • Loss of money or assets
  • Damage to property
  • Harm to the charity’s work or reputation (such as above – reputational damage of accepting donations from dubious sources or questionable sources).

Exempt charities are not expected to report such incidents to the Charity Commission but to their principal regulator, and it is up to the principal regulator to refer the incident to the Charity Commission as appropriate.

It should be noted that charities with an annual income of less than £25,000 are expected to report any serious incident via this new online form even though they are not required to submit the declaration on serious incidents in the annual return.