Man in shadow

Fraud Risk Assessment Tool

Julia Poulter, Partner, Head of Social Housing
Man in shadow

The Regulator of Social Housing has highlighted that fraud is a serious risk that Boards can’t afford to ignore and requires regular reporting of frauds through NROSH+ returns.

The cost of fraud to the social purpose organisation sector has been estimated to be potentially billions of pounds each year.

Why is tackling fraud important to Boards?

Fraud poses a serious risk to valuable funds, as well as sensitive data, and can damage the good reputation of social purpose organisations, affecting public trust and confidence in the sector as a whole.

Boards are the custodians of their social purpose organisations and have a duty to manage their organisation’s resources responsibly. They have legal duties and responsibilities under to safeguard their organisation and to ensure that its funds and assets are protected, properly used and applied, and accounted for. Stakeholders and the wider public needs to be sure that money given to social purpose organisations is used properly and goes to the purposes for which it is intended.

Fraud Risk Assessment

We have created a document with relevant checklists and questions to ensure you assess fraud appropriately. This document contains references that have been made to the Charity Commission guidance. Although this is issued specifically for charities, it also identifies good practice which can be applied for all social purpose organisations including housing associations.

This document includes:

  • key questions for Boards to ask as a starting point in considering fraud risk
  • detailed organisational counter fraud checklist which lists key questions for Boards on areas of organisational resilience
  • checklist of potential fraud risks by function and activity
  • set of questions from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) publication “10 Steps to Cyber Security” to assist Boards with their existing strategic-level risk discussions. 

Download our Fraud Risk Assessment report

Contact us

Julia Poulter
Head of Social Housing