The charity was registered in 1995 and runs a school that provides education to children and youth in Islamic and national programs.

The Commission’s investigation has shown that the charity’s trustees are responsible for serious mismanagement and misconduct in the management of the charity, which puts its funds, assets and beneficiaries at significant risk.

The investigation was launched in 2018 after a quarrel on the territory of a charity that demanded police intervention. It was attended by one of the then trustees of charity, who was also the head of the school.

As a result of the incident, police raided the charity’s premises and confiscated more than £ 400,000 in cash kept in a wooden trunk on the property. The Commission concluded that the storage of charitable funds in cash and their unsafe storage is wasteful and puts the funds at risk.

Trustees were responsible for management failures, which meant the school did not meet the standards expected by independent schools. Since 2013, Ofsted has assessed the school, whose activities are the main activities of the charity, as “in need of improvement” or “inadequate”, and highlights management issues in its 2019 report. Guardians are required to ensure that their charity complies with the law applicable to the charity, in this case the standards of an independent school.

In the course of the Commission’s interaction with the charity, there have been improvements in the school’s compliance with independent school standards. The Ofsted inspection in May 2021 concluded that the school met all the standards considered in this inspection. Similarly, trustees have demonstrated improved internal financial controls, including moving away from strong reliance on the use of cash.

The commission disqualified two former trustees and issued official warnings to two other trustees over their conduct. Official warnings were issued because their conduct resulted in misconduct and misconduct and / or mismanagement in the charity’s administration.

Tim Hopkins, assistant director of investigations and investigations for the Charity Commission, said:

The public rightly expects high standards of governance and integrity from the trustees of charities. Unfortunately, our inquiry revealed that the former trustees of the Darul-Ulum school in London did not meet these standards.

Our investigation has taken decisive action to eliminate wrongdoing and harm, including the disqualification of two former trustees. I hope that the current trustees will learn from what has happened and ensure that the charity is more safely and effectively managed so that it can provide the best services to its beneficiaries.

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Notes for editors

  1. The Charity Commission is an independent, non-ministerial government department that registers and regulates charities in England and Wales. Its goal is to make charity flourish and inspire trust so that people can improve their lives and strengthen society.
  2. The Commission opened an investigation on June 15, 2018. Watch in full request protocol.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/charity-commission-disqualifies-two-former-trustees-of-darul-uloom-school-london

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