18.02.2015 / For immediate release
The Muslim Charities Forum (MCF) and its member charities are vigilant about the potential risks of being exploited by individuals who do not reflect our humanitarian values, as highlighted by the ITV Documentary ‘Charities Behaving Badly’.
As mentioned in the past by the Chairman of the Charity Commission, William Shawcross, ‘Even if extremist abuse is rare... when it happens it does huge damage to public trust in charities’.
MCF has been working with Charity Commission and relevant authorities on this issue and is reviewing guidance and training for its member charities. Alongside this, the Charity Commission’s Compliance Toolkit addresses this issue, offering sound guidance to trustees and charities that hold events involving external speakers.
We would encourage all organisations to carry out the necessary checks and due diligence using government sources when inviting speakers and have secure policies in place to mitigate any risks. Additionally, we would also encourage regulators to rely on credible and impartial information when assessing the actions of a charity.
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The Muslim Charities Forum is the umbrella organisation of Muslim NGOs with members including Islamic Relief, Muslim Aid, Muslim Hands, Human Appeal International, Human Relief Foundation, Islamic Help, Muslim Charity, READ Foundation, Orphans in Need and Al-Imdaad Foundation.
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