Trustees of charities in the UK are held legally and morally responsible for Safeguarding their charities’ beneficiaries from harm in the course of their charities’ activities.
Triratna trustees may be interested in these dates (September 2020-February 2021) for online trustee training from Thirtyone:eight, who specialise in Safeguarding for faith organisations. This training will refer to the law and Charity Commission regulations in England and Wales.
The Adhisthana Kula, so named simply because it met at Triratna’s main centre, Adhisthana, was a group of seven women and men, senior Order members who volunteered to meet over many months and years to identify and address the matters of concern. As they say in their report:
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Here are Triratna’s model Ethical guidelines and policies for Safeguarding children and adults, updated for 2020 by Triratna’s ECA Safeguarding team.
(See below for more information on Safeguarding, the Safeguarding team, the Ethics Kula and the difference between Safeguarding matters and Matters of Order conduct.)
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 model Ethical guidelines (first published in 2015 on the initiative of Triratna’s International...
Safeguarding for Triratna charities is internally managed but externally accountable. The Charity Commission (England and Wales) and Scottish Charity Regulator require charity trustees to take internal measures to prevent and address harm in the course of their own activities. Where they are found to have failed in their duties they will be held externally accountable to those regulators, the police and the law.
Since responsibility and authority always go together, only trustees have the authority to implement Safeguarding policies...
In early 2018 (in collaboration with members of the Adhisthana Kula) the ECA’s Safeguarding team looked in detail into concerns that a number of men had been told to share Sangharakshita’s bed with him in the 1980s. The following is the text we wrote which forms part of the Triratna Controversy FAQ.
In 2003 a then Order member published an account of how, in the early 1980s, he attended an Order weekend at Padmaloka and found himself allocated
On Thursday 21st May 2020 Munisha appeared as a witness at a public inquiry relating to child sexual abuse in England and Wales, speaking about child protection, and Safeguarding more generally in Triratna, from her experience as the Safeguarding officer employed by the European Chairs’ Assembly to support Triratna centres’ Safeguarding officers with policies and advice.
Please note: this was not an investigation and Munisha was not called because of concerns about a risk of harm to children in Triratna.
Subhadramati delivers in this exposition on the aspect of ethics that springs out of empathy. As you reflect on others’ their suffering starts to become your suffering – it’s important to find that responsiveness and encourage it to flourish. From this, compassion bursts forth from the heart like a rose.