Resources

Understand the risks and get the tools to better protect your charity from fraud and cybercrime.

Insights

Shine a light and sign the Fraud Pledge!

Close your eyes. Imagine a fraudster. What do they look like? A shadowy figure, deeply suspicious and clearly criminal, working outside of the organisation and planning sophisticated ways to get around your safeguards?

How much does tenancy fraud cost us all – and what will drive all social housing providers to play their part in the fight against such fraud?

Tenancy fraud, often called social housing fraud, remains an enigma to much of the public. While some councils and Private Registered Providers (PRPs) take seriously their responsibility to prevent and detect tenancy fraud, others do little to tackle the threat and harm such fraud poses.

‘Take action on fraud’, regulator warns charities, as new figures show over £8 million reported lost to crime last year

The Charity Commission is today warning charity leaders to protect their organisations against fraud and cybercrime, after new figures show charities reported almost £8.6 million of lost funds in the last financial year.

Helpsheets

Offering information, advice and practical actions on grant fraud, cyber security, moving money, financial security and more.

Financial protection

Templates

A selection of templates which can be tailored to the needs of your charity.

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Fraud Risk Assessment Template

This simple risk assessment template is designed to help you take the first steps in understanding the risks that your organisation faces.

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Anti-fraud policies: example number 3

This anti-fraud policy example is designed to help your organisation craft it’s own effective policy documents.

E-learning

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Cyber security for charities and small organisations

Learn about the steps you can take to keep your charity safe online with this free training course from the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre. It covers five key cybersecurity topics over five days.

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Staying safe online: top tips for staff

Ask your staff and volunteers to complete this 30 minute e-learning course on the basics of good cyber security. Created by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre, it’s free and easy-to-use.

Case studies

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Creating a counter-fraud function (British Council)

In 2016 the British Council established a counter-fraud function to improve fraud awareness and create a culture of reporting across 115 countries. Learn more about the benefits of their approach in this case study.

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Improving financial controls (Colchester Food Bank)

A review of internal financial controls by Colchester Food Bank resulted in several low-cost improvements to safeguard and expand the food bank’s funding. Learn more about the benefits of their approach in this case study.

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Grant fraud (example 1)

A grant-holder discovered systematic fraud carried out by staff in one of its partner organisations and reported it to the funder. This ultimately deprived the local community of much-needed support to improve the quality of life of people affected by HIV. Learn more about what happened and what was changed as a result.

Research

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Charity fraud in the pandemic

This report highlights the main findings from a survey carried out by the Fraud Advisory Panel and BDO LLP in September 2021 to understand the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on fraud within the charity sector.

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Preventing charity fraud

This report highlights the main findings from the largest survey undertaken into fraud committed against UK charities, commissioned by the Charity Commission for England and Wales and Fraud Advisory Panel.