Sun Aug 08 2021
Barnardo’s have been cleared over allegations of wrong doing levelled at them by Conservative MP’s
Last year, after the publication of a blog post on their website, children’s charity Barnardo’s received a slew of complaints, with a group of Conservative MP’s from the Common Sense Parliamentary Group even going so far as to state their use of the term ‘white privilege’ was “ideological dogma”.
They were cleared last week of any wrongdoing by the Charity Commission.
The blog, an in-depth article on white privilege, what could be done to tackle the issue and how to create a fairer society, prompted a torrent of racist comments across their social media, as well as the complaint to the Charity Commission that its publication breached charitable law.
Signatories to the letter of complaint to the Charity Commission included Sir Edward Leigh, the MP for Gainsborough; Marco Longhi, the MP for Dudley North; Craig Mackinlay, the MP for South Thanet; James Sunderland, the MP for Bracknell; and Henry Smith, the MP for Crawley.
In their letter they asked the Charity Commission to investigate Barbados to discover whether “this foray into political activism is compatible with Barnardo’s noble purpose and charitable status”.
After the letter of complaint, over 200 hundred NonProfit leaders came forward to back Barnardo’s and the work they are doing.
Last week the commission released a statement confirming the blog article was inline with Barnardo’s charitable goals.
We examined concerns raised with us about a blog published by the charity on white privilege. Our role was to consider whether the trustees acted reasonably in line with their legal duties in making the decision to publish the blog. The trustees provided a reasoned response as to how the blog furthered the charity’s objects and were able to show that consideration had been given to how the blog would meet the charity’s purposes prior to its publication.
Welcoming the decision, Barnardo’s released a statement:
As the UK’s largest children’s charity, we believe we have a legitimate role to play in encouraging an informed approach to difficult conversations about complex issues, including racism. We have always spoken out on the challenges affecting the children we serve and must continue to do so – whether on poverty, mental health, abuse and exploitation – or on the realities of prejudice and discrimination. We have also listened closely to those who raised concerns with the commission and are keen to have an ongoing dialogue about how we can work together to continue improving outcomes for all vulnerable children across the UK.
Sun Aug 08 2021