Despite Triratna centres being mostly closed since March 2020 because of the pandemic, the work of the ECA’s Safeguarding team has continued. Here’s a short account of our work.
Since 2016 the Safeguarding team has provided a central place to report ethical concerns. We can be found in the Triratna section of the dropdown menu on the home page of The Buddhist Centre Online at www.thebuddhistcentre.com - or just by searching ‘safeguarding’ on TBCO.
Over the last few years there have sometimes been calls for Triratna’s Safeguarding to be overseen by a body outside Triratna. This report from the UK’s Church Times offers more insight into why this is nearly impossible for any UK organisation, so far at least.
In response to investigation of failures to prevent child sexual abuse over many decades the Church of England is seeking to ensure its Safeguarding services are provided by a body which cannot be ‘frustrated’...
Here are the Triratna Model Safeguarding policies and Ethical Guidelines 2021, which replace any model documents not dated 2021 - as well as two updated guidance documents.
Triratna Model Safeguarding Policies and Ethical Guidelines 2021
Triratna worldwide general advice on Safeguarding 2021 (These are introductory notes, not a policy.)
The Triratna Model Child Protection policy 2021
The Triratna Model Child Protection Code of Conduct 2021
The Triratna Model Safeguarding Adults Policy 2021
The Triratna Model Ethical Guidelines 2021
These model documents are public. Once you have updated your own policies (and your council has adopted them) it’s a good idea to put them on your website, perhaps under the heading ‘About us’, or ‘Our values’.
Here are Triratna’s model Ethical guidelines and policies for Safeguarding children and adults, updated for 2021 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 Council) are an...
Under a bill announced today, faith leaders who have sexual relations with 16 and 17-year-olds in their care will be breaking the law under new legislation planned for England and Wales. This would apply to Order members who teach or have any other involvement with 16-17 year-olds in the context of Triratna activities, or any other context where they are acting as Order members.
The age of consent is 16, yet a person remains legally a child until 18. ‘Position of Trust’ law already...
Attached below please see details of free webinars for faith charities run by the Charity Commission’s Faith Engagement Team, including a free Safeguarding webinar on 6th February and repeated on 10th February.
To book, click on the title of the event in the attachment.
I’ve recently had very good contact with the CC’s Faith Engagement Team and they are very approachable, eager to be in touch with any faith charity and happy to answer questions.
The Head of Faith Charities Engagement is Nick Donaldson. Email: Nick.Donaldson [at] ...
Post updated 11th February 2021; see final paragraph.
November saw the publication within the Tibetan tradition FPMT (Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana) of a report on allegations of sexual assault carried out by Dagri Rinpoche. Dagri Rinpoche is not a member of FPMT, but is a visiting teacher ordained in the same lineage.
Whenever such reports are published, the ECA’s Safeguarding team looks carefully to see what we in Triratna can learn from others’ experience. In the spirit of...