Regulator launches probe into orphanage charity’s finances

The Charity Commission has announced it has opened a statutory inquiry into London based charity Children Care Centre, which supports children at an orphanage in India.

The probe has been launched after the charity failed to submit its accounts for the years ending March 2020 and 2021.

It also filed its 2018 accounts almost 1,000 days late and its 2019 accounts were submitted to the regulator more than 600 days late.

This triggered its involvement in the Commission’s double defaulter class inquiry “during which they were clearly informed of the legal requirements to submit the charity’s accounting information”.

The charity was offered advice on submitting accounts in February 2021as well as the Commission’s intention to monitor its finances.

“Despite this, the trustees defaulted on their legal duty to submit annual returns for the financial years ending in March 2020 and 2021,” said the regulator.

The investigation will look at whether the trustees have met their statutory duties in filing accounts and if there is any misconduct or mismanagement in their running of the charity.

For the year ending March 2019, the last financial year where accounts were submitted, the charity had an income of more than £315,000 and spent just over £117,000.

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