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Reporting safeguarding issues regarding vulnerable beneficiaries to Charity Commission NI

Reporting safeguarding issues regarding vulnerable beneficiaries to Charity Commission NI
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 17:30 to 19:30
CO3 Offices (34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast, BT2 7DB)

Is your charity following serious incident reporting? 

In light of the media attention currently focused on Oxfam, CO3 has organized a Chatham House roundtable for CEOs and Trustees focussed on the issues raised specifically around the safeguarding of vulnerable beneficiaries and the reporting of serious incidents to Charity Commission NI (CCNI).  Frances McCandless CEO with CCNI will take this opportunity to clarify when incidents are deemed as serious to mandate a formal report to CCNI and to highlight the importance of having up-to-date safeguarding policies and processes .  For those who hold a leadership position within their charity, it raises a series of important questions about the balance between ensuring CCNI has sufficient information to perform its role and minimizing the reporting burden on charities. 

It is probably too early to reflect on all of the lessons learnt from Oxfam however, what is immediately apparent is the need for full transparency.  What also stands out is the need to make and implement decisions in a timely manner whenever mistakes are made in order to protect those who the charity was set up to protect and serve.

Places are limited, therefore please RSVP as early as possible by emailing sarah@co3.bz . Please note that this event is for Full Members and Trustee Network Members only.

Date: Thursday 19 April
Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Venue: CO3 Offices, 34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast, BT 2 7DB
Cost: None. 


Frances McCandless, Chief Executive, Charity Commission for Northern Ireland

Frances McCandless was appointed to the Commission in April 2010 as its first Chief Executive. Prior to taking up this post, Frances was employed as Director of Policy at NICVA (Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action), an umbrella body which provides advice, information and policy analysis to voluntary and community organisations in Northern Ireland.

Frances' career in the voluntary and community sector goes back 20 years and she has worked with young people, women returning to work, in housing, with older and disabled people and as an international volunteer in Prague with the YMCA.  She has also been a board member of organisations working in the areas of environment, ethnic minorities, reconciliation, community arts, audience development, mediation and physical activity.



Ruth Mulholland, Safeguarding Manager, Volunteer Now

Ruth has 13 years experience working on safeguarding children and adult issues and has been a safeguarding trainer for 10 years. She has a broad range of experience working with groups of all sizes within the statutory, voluntary, community and independent sectors.

Ruth has managed a number of volunteer led community projects supporting children, young people and adults. She has taken these projects through the Investing In Volunteers quality standard and the Mentoring and Befriending Approved Provider Standard.

Ruth delivers Keeping Safe training and train the trainer programmes and is a registered OCNNI assessor. Ruth delivered a number of information sessions focusing on the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups legislation. She has also carried out the Designated Officer and AccessNI signatory roles.

Ruth represents Volunteer Now on a number of partnership groups including the Northern Ireland Adult Safeguarding Partnership (NIASP) and the Safeguarding Children in Sport Strategic Group.