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 learning rather than criticism, we’ll list...
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We’ve posted quite a number of important things here since we started last summer - things you need to know if you’re involved in any way with building an understanding of Safeguarding and ethical conduct in Triratna.
Also you’ll find information about how the ECA Safeguarding team and Adhisthana kula have addressed ethical failings in our past...
The Code was first published in 2017. It is not legally binding, but aims to express ‘best practice’ core principles and governance goals for charity trustees, and has been widely adopted across the sector, with the backing of the Charity Commission for England and Wales. The Code is reviewed every three years.
With regard to Safeguarding, the Code recommends
3.7 Ensuring the right to be safe
Trustees understand their safeguarding responsibilities and meet the legal minimum
It’s a common misconception that Triratna charities only need to protect from harm children and those ‘adults who may be considered at risk’ (or ‘vulnerable adults’, a term no longer used).
However, everyone needs protection from harm. These days trustees are responsible for protecting all their beneficiaries from harm in the course of their charity’s activities. This is a clear requirement of the Charity Commission for England and Wales, the Scottish Charity Regulator and the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission, to mention just three...
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.