Our counter-terrorism work

Charities, like other types of organisation, can be vulnerable to criminal and terrorist abuse.

About terrorist abuse of charities

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.

Our Counter-terrorism strategy 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.

Counter-terrorism strategy Explains our role and approach in dealing with concerns about the abuse of charities for terrorist purposes and our strategy for tackling this risk

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Summary: counter-terrorism strategy Summarises our role, strategy and approach to dealing with concerns about the abuse of charities for terrorist purposes.

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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

Related guidance

Protecting charities from harm: compliance toolkit Use this compliance toolkit to learn how to safeguard your charity from terrorism, fraud and other forms of abuse.

Handling money safely Trustees have a legal duty to look after their charity’s money. Find out ways to keep track of money coming in and going out of your charity.

Charities working internationally Detailed guidance for charities whose work is either wholly or partly international or overseas based.

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