The Full Story Of Kids Company's Fall
After receiving £ 46 million of public money, the south London kids charity collapsed in August 2015 following a series of shocking reports. This is how it unfolded.
BuzzFeed News Reporter, UK
THE KEY EVENTS
THE WARNING SIGNS
- The charity spent more than £50,000 meeting the cost of a PhD for an individual described as the relative of an Iranian diplomat.
- Two children of staff members received over £130,000 in client payments.
- Another client received more than £47,000 in tax-free support in 2014.
- A client had also been bought a pair of designer shoes for £305.
- The charity was run by the CEO [Camila Batmanghelidjh] as “her personal fiefdom, with no regard whatsoever for the financial implications”.
- There was a “particular group of young adults - many of them in their late 20s - [who] were known throughout the organisation as ‘Camila’s kids’ and inordinate amounts of money and resources were lavished on them; creating envy and resentment among others”.
- A client in his mid-twenties was sent on a first-class flight to New York to see his girlfriend. The employee alleges: “This same client has allegedly been sent to the USA for several months all expenses paid - to keep him ‘out of the way’ while investigations take place.” Batmanghelidjh denies this claim.
- Directors of the charity were paid off to “keep quiet about their concerns”.
- There was “rampant nepotism” in the charity, along with “untrained key workers; people with no idea about boundaries, often leading to inappropriate relationships between key workers and clients”.
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