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Post  Freedom on Sun 23 Aug 2015, 10:33 am

Andrew, I've deleted the other link you've just posted as that story is here.

http://maddiemccannmystery.forumotion.co.uk/t112p270-lost-and-found-children-in-australia#36930

As for the claim that Kids' Company paid for a sex change operation, I feel that the money would have been better spent on psychiatric help for the person as they were refused treatment by the NHS as not being "mentally ready".

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Post  Freedom on Mon 24 Aug 2015, 11:24 am

More allegations.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3208224/Kids-Company-founder-used-charity-nurse-medical-care-Whistleblowers-claim-chief-daily-appointments-staff-member-meant-look-underprivileged-children.html

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Post  candyfloss on Thu 17 Sep 2015, 6:17 pm

Spending watchdog to probe Kids Company grant







The awarding of public money to the now-defunct charity Kids Company is to be investigated by spending watchdog the National Audit Office.

The charity, led by Camila Batmanghelidjh, closed last month days after it received a £3m public grant.

The money was given to the charity despite advice it "was not likely to be value for money", the NAO said.

It said it would investigate the grounds for awarding money and how grants were monitored.

The NAO - which is due to report its findings in the autumn - will also look at other government funding the charity received over the past decade.

The charity is already the subject of a statutory investigation by the Charity Commission and an inquiry by the House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee.

'Long-term viability'

The £3m government grant had been intended for a "transformation and downsizing plan" that would support the charity as it reformed.

The Cabinet Office's lead official, Richard Heaton, wrote to ministers on 26 June asking for a "ministerial direction" before making the payment.

He said he thought the grant would be poor value for money and sought written confirmation that they wanted him to go ahead anyway.

Ministers Matthew Hancock and Oliver Letwin said the funding should be given after leadership changes, as the charity had a "realistic prospect of long-term viability".

'Unsubstantiated allegations'

Prime Minister David Cameron has also defended the grant, saying it had been right to give Kids Company "one last chance".

Shortly after the money was awarded, the charity - which relied on individual donations and government grants - said it was shutting its doors due to a lack of funding.

It said a financial crisis had been caused by the number of children "pouring through our doors" for help, and by "as yet unsubstantiated allegations" - which it claimed stopped donors giving money.

Those allegations included concerns over the safeguarding of young people.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34281923

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Re: Children's Charity - Kids Club

Post  Bampots on Sun 11 Oct 2015, 8:48 am

I really do feel I live on a distant planet sometimes.......when do I get the cash free dropped in my lap or do I have to continue paying taxes and working hard....struggled to copy all of article so here's a bit and link.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3267799/Scadal-hit-charity-Kids-Company-facing-new-questions-giving-hundreds-thousands-pounds-tax-free-employees.html

Riddle of Kids Company's tax-free payments to staff who were registered as vulnerable 'clients'
Charity gave hundreds of thousands of pounds tax-free to employees
Document shows 25 clients were given £769,150 between them over 2014
One person is a 26-year-old woman who attended Oxford University
The revelation comes as chief executive faces grilling by MPs  
By MILES GOSLETT FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY
PUBLISHED: 22:01, 10 October 2015 | UPDATED: 23:50, 10 October 2015


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Post  joyce1938 on Sun 11 Oct 2015, 10:59 am

Hi Bampots, well yes its just amazing what some biggish charities can get away with ,in black and white ,I must say it looks bad eh ? Y will it really be checked out properly ? or just made excuses for ? joyce1938
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Post  Bampots on Sun 11 Oct 2015, 11:29 am

Camilo and Alan Yentob are Ito be questioned by a parliamentary committee, I do feel with Cameron's and other ministers involvement with Camila it will be well swept under the carpet!

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Post  joyce1938 on Sun 11 Oct 2015, 11:59 am

Bampot , I just hope this will be a lesson on how not to run a charity, but I too wont hold my breath , we get less and less confident of what can be allowed these days eh ? joyce1938.
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Post  Bampots on Thu 15 Oct 2015, 7:39 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34535954

'Suicide attempts' since Kids Company closure
1 hour ago
From the section UK

Media captionCamila Batmanghelidjh told MPs in a heated exchange that all payments were overseen by three professionals
Leaders of collapsed charity Kids Company have said there were four suicide attempts, stabbings and a murder in the wake of its closure.
Chairman Alan Yentob made the claim as he and founder Camila Batmanghelidjh appeared before MPs where they denied the charity had been badly run.
Mr Yentob said the murder of a boy who had been using Kids Company's services took place five days after it shut.
He said it was related to "the absence of a place for these children to go".
The leaders of Kids Company, which had worked with vulnerable young people, also denied claims of financial mismanagement during the Public Administration Select Committee hearing.
The charity collapsed in August days after receiving a £3m grant from the Cabinet Office and in the midst of a Scotland Yard investigation into allegations of historical sexual abuse.
The closure came after ministers said they wanted to recover the grant - with officials saying they believed conditions attached to the use of the money had not been met.
'Kiss of death'
The pair claimed the charity would not have folded if there had not been "malicious allegations" of sexual abuse.
"Only our finance person and the Cabinet Office knew that the money had hit our account. Suddenly out of the blue we get allegations that we don't even know relate to sexual abuse," said Ms Batmanghelidjh.
"That was the kiss of death for a charity dealing with children."
Mr Yentob said that while he believed the allegations had not come from "anywhere near the Cabinet Office", he believed the leak was malicious.
He said that once it became public the charity was under investigation it had been impossible for them to accept a series of donations lined up from private benefactors and they had to shut.
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Committee hearingImage copyrightPA
Michael Buchanan, BBC social affairs correspondent
It's clear from these tetchy exchanges that MPs didn't receive the information they were seeking, and in some cases implied they didn't believe what they were hearing.
The admission by Ms Batmanghelidjh that they hadn't handed over to local councils all the files the charity had on clients when it closed was possibly the only new fact to emerge from more than three hours of questioning.
Her habit of providing an anecdote when a fact was requested infuriated MPs. Their annoyance was matched by the controlled fury of Ms Batmanghelidjh and Mr Yentob, who clearly feel their work with the charity has been thrashed and traduced in recent weeks.
Nobody doubts that Kids Company did some fantastic work with very vulnerable individuals over many years; MPs - and many others - simply wonder if it could have done it more cheaply and effectively.
Committee chairman Bernard Jenkin said MPs had been told the suicide attempts and violence mentioned by Mr Yentob was in part because "desperate kids no longer had money to pay their drug pushers".
But Mr Yentob reacted by saying that was a "terrible allegation".
Mr Yentob, who is also the BBC's creative director, also told the committee:
No figure over £5,000 could be spent without the decision being taken to the board and there were quarterly audits
The charity should have been restructured earlier. "My great regret and sadness is we perhaps tried to look after too many children and do too much"
He put £250,000 of his own money in to the charity
When asked about a document, emailed to civil servants in his name, warning of communities helped by Kids Company possibly descending into looting and arson if it closed, Mr Yentob said it was describing a "worst case scenario"
Allegations raised by Labour MP Paul Flynn that he used his position to try to influence BBC coverage of the failing charity were "completely untrue". But he acknowledged that when Ms Batmanghelidjh was interviewed on the BBC's Radio 4 Today programme, he had stood alongside the producer, which he accepted could have been regarded as "intimidating"
Camila BatmanghelidjhImage copyrightPA
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Founder Camila Batmanghelidjh was involved in heated exchanges with MPs
In a series of heated exchanges with MPs, Ms Batmanghelidjh defended the work her charity had been doing, saying:
Central government and local authorities "had no interest in admitting the scale of the problems" they were dealing with
NHS trusts were referring difficult clients to Kids Company "without paying"
There should be an "objective" review of the charity's case load
The charity did not hand out hundreds of pounds in client payments "willy-nilly", adding all grants had been properly approved
She also told the committee there were officials in Whitehall who had set out to undermine the charity by briefing against it.
"Some civil servants have been absolutely malicious and unprofessional and have behaved in ways that isn't respectful of a democracy and you need to look into this," she said.
When asked by Mr Jenkin what evidence she had for her allegations, Ms Batmanghelidjh replied: "I will produce it."
The hearing came after documents seen by BBC Newsnight and BuzzFeed News showed the Pilgrim Trust, a charity which disburses about £2m a year, wrote to the Charity Commission in 2002 to raise concerns about Kids Company.
In the letter, Pilgrim Trust director Georgina Naylor noted an "absence of financial acumen from the director of Kids Company".
Alan Yentob
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Kids Company's chairman of trustees Alan Yentob is also the BBC's creative director
The National Audit Office is investigating grants given to Kids Company, and the charity is also the subject of a statutory investigation by the Charity Commission and an inquiry by the Constitutional Affairs Committee.
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Post  Freedom on Thu 29 Oct 2015, 9:02 am

http://news.sky.com/story/1577942/kids-company-given-46m-despite-concerns


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Post  Freedom on Sun 08 Nov 2015, 12:54 pm

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3308717/Now-Kids-Company-Camila-faces-stripped-CBE-Chief-scandal-hit-charity-lose-honour-police-continue-probe-alleged-illegal-activity.html

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Post  Freedom on Sat 21 Nov 2015, 11:07 am

You really couldn't make someone like Camila up, could you.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3326367/Goggle-eyed-MPs-heard-barmy-Miss-B-s-Arabian-tent-QUENTIN-LETTS-yesterday-Parliament.html

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Post  joyce1938 on Sat 21 Nov 2015, 11:23 am

seems like the bolder and dafter you can come across to others , the more likely you can get away with such a lot of stuff,almost used wrong word there ,better not eh Keep a civil tongue and all that . Still cant believe all this and how she could manage all the mallarky for so long ,.joyce1938
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Post  Freedom on Sat 21 Nov 2015, 11:43 am

I'm not suggesting for a moment that Camila is in the same league as Jimmy Savile but there are similarities with the larger than life exuberant personalities - both on the surface being very concerned with the welfare of others.

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Post  Freedom on Thu 03 Dec 2015, 11:37 am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-34993979#"

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Post  Freedom on Wed 03 Feb 2016, 11:09 am

This programme is on at 21.00 tonight.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06zw47r

With astonishingly intimate and unique access, this film tells the dramatic, unfolding story of the demise of one of Britain's best-known charities and the ultimate fall from grace of its founder Camila Batmanghelidjh. Throughout a summer of accusations and allegations award-winning documentary director Lynn Alleway follows Camila at close quarters and witnesses first-hand her fight to save the charity she founded 19 years previously.

As filming begins it isn't yet public knowledge that the charity is teetering on the edge of insolvency and that the government is demanding that Camila stands down as CEO. Lynn films inside Kids Company HQ as the story breaks and the charity finds itself hitting the headlines on a daily basis.

As allegations of mismanagement and money being misspent mount, Camila stands firm, resisting moves to downsize and make staff redundant, and she vows to fight on and save the charity.

The film addresses questions about what really happened to Kids Company. The director shifts from confidante to interrogator, bringing an emotional resonance to a familiar news story.

But while the charity is no more, those in need have not gone away. As for Camila, she remains defiant - she is down, but not out.


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Post  Freedom on Thu 04 Feb 2016, 11:59 am

Interesting viewing. I do believe that the charity started out with good intentions but then went astray.

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Post  Bampots on Thu 04 Feb 2016, 12:59 pm

Road to hell more like!! Admittedly she was a reasonably charasmatic figure,but radical new methods require even more qattention to detail and overseeing. She had a point re middle class ideas about money and the need to give it to those most in need,but apart from the lax governance of system,which became apparent as prodgramme progeressed,it left one with the uncomfortable idea that being Camillas mate was the best way to welfare nirvana,and handout jackopot.
The final scenes of Camilla sans mansion with pool and defence of "children deserve it" .....no toys or children's artifacts were apparent,they didn't stay there and even the friend narrating knew that...you could feel her disbelief unfold. I'm sure Camila will continue along her path she seems gifted in parting the rich from there cash,she just needs to let others manage cash and stick to raising it.

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Post  Freedom on Mon 29 Feb 2016, 12:03 pm

This isn't connected with Kids Club but I thought I'd put this story here anyway.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/feb/26/woman-offered-safe-haven-to-troubled-girls-then-pimped-them-out?CMP=share_btn_tw

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Post  joyce1938 on Mon 29 Feb 2016, 12:52 pm

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Post  Freedom on Tue 03 May 2016, 10:43 am

Another unrelated charity but anything involving a name-dropping, attention-seeking relative of Cherie Blair gets a mention!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3567996/Muslim-charity-founded-Cherie-Blair-s-half-sister-fellow-converts-investigated-unable-account-70-000-spent.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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