Would your centre council/trustees welcome a chance to meet the ECA’s Safeguarding team on Zoom sometime?
Amaladipa and I recently spent two hours on Zoom with the trustees of one Triratna charity. It was an informal opportunity for them to ask questions about Safeguarding and their responsibilities and they afterwards said how very helpful it had been. We enjoyed it too.
If you’d like to discuss this, or just suggest dates, email us at safeguarding [at] triratna.community.
Standard email is not secure enough to satisfy data protection law when sharing the kind of very sensitive personal information we sometimes need to share in Safeguarding work.
ProtonMail offer free secure email and it can be set up so that you receive an alert to your regular email that there is a new ProtonMail email, so you don’t have to remember to keep checking it. (See below for more information about this.)
It’s a good idea to set up a generic email address so that when the Safeguarding role is passed on the email...
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse’s investigation into the Anglican Church in England and Wales has led to the Church committing to significant reform. The law in England and Wales will also be amended to add religious leaders to the definition of ‘positions of trust’. This new law will make it a criminal offence for religious leaders and teachers to have sex with anyone under 18 who would be deemed to be ‘in their care’, even though the age of consent is...
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’.