Investigating academy charities and other nonprofits

Over on the main Help Me Investigate blog, Chris Dodd has written a guide to investigating nonprofit companies, including Academy Schools which, Dodd points out:

“… are regulated by Department for Education (DfE). It’s worth noting that all three regulatory bodies [the Charity Commission, Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator and DfE] are subject to the Freedom of Information act, which means that you may be able to uncover information about a charity’s compliance with the Charities Act 2006.

“Regardless of whether or not the organisation you are investigating is registered as a charity, it is worth searching the records at Companies House to find further information.”

More tips on the original blog post. Can you add any?

About Paul Bradshaw

Founder of Help Me Investigate. I'm a visiting professor at City University London's School of Journalism, and run an MA in Online Journalism at Birmingham City University. I publish the Online Journalism Blog, and am the co-author of the Online Journalism Handbook and Magazine Editing (3rd edition). I have a particular interest in Freedom of Information and data journalism.
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2 Responses to Investigating academy charities and other nonprofits

  1. My understanding is that the DfE is the eventual regulator of academies, but they won’t actually take on that role until March or April next year. In the meantime, the Young People’s Learning Agency are doing the job. Not sure if they’re FOIable.

    • Paul Bradshaw says:

      Thanks Matt – of course with FOI you can only request information that the body holds. At the moment the DfE won’t hold any information…

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