Charities, like other types of organisation, can be vulnerable to criminal and terrorist abuse. Our experience is that proven instances of terrorist involvement or association in the charitable sector are low in comparison to the size of the sector. However, any such abuse is completely unacceptable and corrodes public confidence in charities. Charities therefore need to ensure they are not at risk.
The Commission's Counter-terrorism Strategy which is also in summary form explains our role and approach for dealing with concerns about the abuse of charities for terrorist purposes and our strategy for tackling the risk of terrorist abuse in the charitable sector.
We have updated the strategy to refresh it to take into account the findings of the government's Review of Prevent. However, the strategy still has a four strand approach to protecting charities from the risk of terrorist abuse:
Awareness: raising awareness in the sector to build on charities' existing safeguards
Oversight and supervision: proactive monitoring of the sector, analysing trends and profiling risks and vulnerabilities
Co-operation: strengthening partnerships with government regulators and enforcement agencies nationally and internationally
Intervention: dealing effectively and robustly when abuse, or the risk of abuse, is apparent
Links to some of our key guidance on counter-terrorism
- Protecting charities from harm - our online toolkit for trustees and charity staff on the types of risk charities face and how they can identify, manage and report on risk.
- Charities Back on Track - the Commission's annual reports on the themes and wider issues arising from its investigatory work