Serious Incident Reporting

All PCCs, DBFs and most Religious Communities are charities and their trustees are required to report any Serious Incidents, both safeguarding and non-safeguarding, to the Charity Commission.

Why the new guidance?

Following recent high-profile safeguarding-related incidents in the charity sector, the Charity Commission updated its guidance on Serious Incident Reporting in October 2018, with a particular focus on the reporting of SAFEGUARDING Serious Incidents. The Church has worked with the Charity Commission to agree bespoke guidance for DBFs, PCCs and Religious Communities on how to identify and report a Serious Incident.

Timing

PCCs, DBFs and Religious Communities are already required to report any Serious Incident to the Charity Commission. However, from 1 January 2019, they should do so in accordance with this new guidance.

PCCs (Parochial Church Councils): Explanatory Note
DBFs (Diocesan Boards of Finance): Explanatory Note
Religious Communities: Explanatory Note

Guidance Documents

Safeguarding:

Guidance for DBFs, PCCs and Religious Communities: Identifying and Reporting Safeguarding Serious Incidents to the Charity Commission

Practical guidance: How to make a Safeguarding Serious Incident report to the Charity Commission
This guidance explains how to prepare a safeguarding Serious Incident Report and submit it to the Charity Commission. It is for Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers, Diocesan Secretaries, the Safeguarding Officers in Religious Communities and for information only PCC Safeguarding Officers. It sits alongside the main Guidance on how to identify a safeguarding Serious Incident and what to do when one occurs, which can be accessed here.

Template For Individual (Safeguarding) Serious Incident Reports as a Word document
Template For Bulk (Safeguarding) Serious Incident Reports (DBFs only) as a Word document

Non-safeguarding:

Guidance for PCCs: Reporting non-safeguarding Serious Incidents to the Charity Commission

Guidance for DBFs and Religious Communities: Reporting non-safeguarding Serious Incidents to the Charity Commission

PCCs Template for (Non-Safeguarding) Serious Incident Reports as a Word document
DBFs and RCs Template for (Non-Safeguarding) Serious Incident Reports as a Word document

Example template delegations have been produced, alongside the Guidance and Explanatory Notes, to assist DBFs, PCCs and RCs to prepare suitable delegation resolutions under the Guidance. As example templates, they may be amended in such ways as your trustees think fit for your DBF, PCC or Religious Community, provided that the delegation resolutions passed reflect what is required by the Guidance.

DBF Template Delegations
PCC Template Delegations
Religious Community Template Delegations

 

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