Setting up and running a charity – guidance

Statutory inquiries into charities: guidance for charities (CC46)

Find out what happens when the Charity Commission opens an inquiry into a charity.



The commission identifies and investigates apparent misconduct or mismanagement in the administration of charities, and works to resolve issues of concern.

In the most serious cases of abuse and regulatory concern, it may open a statutory inquiry. The purpose of an inquiry is to investigate and establish the facts of the case, so that the commission can:

  • identify the extent of any misconduct and mismanagement
  • assess the risks to the charity, its work, assets, beneficiaries and reputation
  • decide what action needs to be taken to resolve the concerns and ensure this takes place

This is a guide to help charities under inquiry and their advisers understand the process, their rights and what the commission expects of them.