The Charity Commission has opened an investigation into children’s education charity Hope House School Limited, following concerns around governance and administration.
Hope House School Limited aims to advance the education of children who suffer from neurological and psychological conditions, such as Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome, autistic spectrum disorders, Asperger’s syndrome and Dyspraxia.
However, the Charity Commission launched a books and records inspection of the charity, after concerns were raised about the charity’s governance and administration.
The Commission said its visit to the charity raised “a number of regulatory concerns” and led it to open a statutory inquiry to examine the governance, management and administration of the charity.
The inquiry was officially opened on 9 October 2017 and will focus on a number of details, such as whether the trustees have exercised sufficient oversight and control of the charity and whether the financial controls are adequate and its funds have been used solely to further the charity’s objects.
It will also look into any potential conflicts of interest and connected party transactions have been properly managed, as well as whether there has been any unauthorised trustee benefit.
Once the Commission has finished its inquiry, it will publish a report detailing what issues the inquiry looked at, what actions were undertaken as part of the inquiry and what the outcomes were.