Triratna Model Safeguarding Policies and Ethical Guidelines 2023On Thu, 22 June, 2023 - 10:46
Here are Triratna’s model policies for Safeguarding children and adults, updated for 2023, along with guidance documents and the Triratna Model Ethical Guidelines.
Safeguarding and ethical policies and procedures are a practical expression of ahimsa, non-harming, the value underlying Buddhist precepts and the Bodhisattva activity of protecting living beings from harm.
The Triratna Model Safeguarding policies follow UK legal requirements and the regulatory requirements of the Charity Commission for England and Wales, who now also require charities to have a statement of more general ethical values, such as the Triratna Model Ethical Guidelines. The Safeguarding policies have been updated and published each year since 2013 and any questions about them should go to the ECA Safeguarding officer at safeguarding [at] triratna.community.
The Triratna Model Ethical Guidelines (first published in 2016 on the initiative of Triratna’s International Council) are an internal statement of values based on the five precepts, for those teaching in Triratna centres, groups and retreat centres. Questions about the content of the Model Ethical Guidelines should go to Subhadassi, Order Ethics Convenor at ethicsorderconvenor [at] gmail.com. As they complement the Safeguarding policies they are published together with them.
Since these are model documents and based on UK requirements, it is up to those running each centre/retreat centre/enterprise to use them as they are, or adapt and/or translate them as they think fit, in line with local requirements.
- the Triratna Model Child Protection Code of Conduct is a short guide to safe behaviours which will help prevent suspicions or accusations of misconduct with those under 18.
- Caring for Teenagers in Triratna offers guidance as to best practice when including in Triratna activities those aged 16-17, increasingly independent but legally still children.
- Managing Those Who Pose a Risk offers guidance on the safe inclusion in our sangha of those whose past or present behaviour indicates they pose a risk of harm to themselves or others; eg ex-offenders.
- Online Safety in Triratna offers guidance for staying safe in online teaching with adults and with under 18s.
- Safeguarding and Data Protection offers guidance on UK law relating to how to store, share and use personal information.
For ease of reference, where a document has been updated you will also find below a pdf of the document with changes highlighted in yellow.
Hridayagita took over from Munisha on 23rd June 2023, with the title ECA Safeguarding Co-ordinator. If you have an urgent Safeguarding concern and she is not available, or you want a second and/or external opinion, you may wish to contact the helpline run by our external Safeguarding advisers Thirtyone:eight. www.thirtyoneeight.org
They can be reached at +44 (0)1322 517817 or 0303 003 1111.
If you (or anyone else) have (or may have) been harmed, or may be at immediate risk of harm, please contact your local police and/or social services as soon as possible.