Officials in my department have regular conversations with the Charity Commission.
In serious cases of abuse of and within charities, the Commission may open a statutory inquiry and will use its powers to robustly tackle abuse and misconduct. In 2017-2018, the Commission exercised its powers 1,136 times.
There is no fixed duration for an inquiry, but the Commission’s aim is to conclude investigations as soon as is practicable. The time an inquiry can take will depend on many factors, including: the nature and complexity of the issues being investigated; the responsiveness of trustees and third parties; and whether other agencies are involved. The majority of the Commission’s inquiries are complex and must be conducted thoroughly and comprehensively, in line with public expectations of the regulator.
Furthermore, where the Commission is investigating issues alongside other regulators and law enforcement agencies, those investigations may take priority so as to avoid prejudicing the outcome of their work or impact on the length of an inquiry in some other way.