BBC Scotland’s uncharitable view of Scotland’s charities where 0.2% offend. What is the figure for crime by BBC employees?

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Here are the opening lines:

‘Scotland’s charities have reported hundreds of serious concerns about their own organisations to regulators since 2016, it has emerged. The 318 “notifiable events” reported over that period include cases of fraud, bullying and sexual abuse. They include 29 allegations of sexual misconduct, nearly a third relating to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry. Further down we see that only 29 ‘had some element of potential sexual misconduct’ but even in quite a long report on the website we never hear how many employees there are so that we can see how common or rare these offences are.

The third sector in Scotland employs an estimated 138,000 people (headcount) or 83,350 Full Time Equivalent workers so even if we accept that 318 offences means 318 offenders, that works out at 0.2%. as for those cases which ‘had some element of potential sexual misconduct’ the figure is 0.02%.

Here’s a story worth telling:

There are more charities per head of population in Scotland than any other UK nation. Levels of third sector activity are particularly high in rural areas, where local support services, village halls, and recreation groups are at the heart of their communities.

https://scvo.org.uk/post/2014/04/03/scvo-scottish-third-sector-statistics

For quite limited evidence on BBC employees see:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_sexual_abuse_cases

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3 thoughts on “BBC Scotland’s uncharitable view of Scotland’s charities where 0.2% offend. What is the figure for crime by BBC employees?

  1. Bugger (the Panda) May 16, 2019 / 10:29 am

    BBC

    Nothing to do with us, Gov.

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  2. William Henderson May 16, 2019 / 12:39 pm

    “There are more charities per head of population in Scotland than any other UK nation”

    Why? – Do we need more ‘assistance’ than the English, Welsh or Irish? – Is there a need to look into our formal systems of social organisation if citizens’ wellbeing is dependent on conditional aid from private charities?

    I recall being told stories of life in Scotland over a century ago by great-grandparents who lived in the 1800s, long before the days of the welfare state. As a result, I still feel a chill at the mention of the word ‘charity’.

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  3. Alasdair Macdonald May 16, 2019 / 1:52 pm

    The Cameron Government began to ‘squeeze’ charities by means of legislation and the media has continued to print stories like this with the intention of getting the public to lose support for such bodies, because they have been very articulate in making the case against the xenophobic, austerian policies of UK governments.

    While I recognise the point William Henderson is making, I think we need a more nuanced approach to the role ‘third sector’ organisations’ play in our society. Many ‘charitable’ organisations are very effective in managing social policies, in many cases much more effectively than government organisations. Governments have for many decades used charitable organisations to manage projects, partly because they have the infrastructure to do so, and partly because some members of the public are not as suspicious of them as they are of government.

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