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Musical Theatre Academy investigated over safeguarding concerns

The Musical Theatre Academy is based at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in north London
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The Musical Theatre Academy in London is being investigated by the Charity Commission over concerns about its safeguarding and governance arrangements.

The commission has opened a regulatory compliance case into the school, which is a registered charity and operates a two-year, fast-track training in musical theatre.

The commission said: “The public rightly expect charities to be safe places, where people are free from harm. We are aware of concerns about the Musical Theatre Academy and have opened a regulatory compliance case to examine safeguarding and governance arrangements at the charity. We are engaging with the trustees. So as not to prejudice the outcome of our work we cannot comment further at this time.”

A regulatory compliance case is not a formal investigation, but allows the commission to make “further inquiries” and “to ensure trustees address any failures and weaknesses” in a charity’s management.

The cases can require charities to provide information or documents, and can result in official warnings. An official warning is given when a “breach, misconduct and/or mismanagement has taken place” and outlines what action the commission intends to take to prevent a recurrence.

However, the commission said that matters were often resolved by issuing “robust regulatory advice to the trustees, or instructing them to meet an action plan”.

Jon Harris, chair of the trustees of the MTA, confirmed it had received a request from the Charity Commission for some “information additional to that which we and all charities regularly provide, with regard to safeguarding and regulatory matters”.

“The trustees of the MTA are fully committed to ensuring that we provide a totally safe environment for all our students, and we have complied in full with the Charity Commission’s request,” he added.

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