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Job opportunity: ECA Safeguarding officer (also available as job share)

Mon, 30 Jan, 2023 - 12:12

Job opportunity: ECA Safeguarding officer (also available as job share)

Mon, 30 Jan, 2023 - 12:12

After seven years as Triratna’s European Chairs Assembly’s Safeguarding officer, Munisha is stepping down by the end of June and applications are now invited for this Order post by 28th February 2023.

This is an opportunity to be of real help to those running centres and retreat centres, who express great appreciation of the help available to them, from both Amaladipa and Munisha, at the Safeguarding team.

The ECA Safeguarding officer is employed by the ECA executive (trustees) to advise Triratna charities and other legal bodies running...

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The Truth Project

Tue, 6 Dec, 2022 - 09:04

The Truth Project

Tue, 6 Dec, 2022 - 09:04

As part of the work of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) in organisations in England and Wales, The Truth Project received thousands of reports from victims of child sexual abuse, which have now been summarised in a report: “I will be heard.”

Some its comments in relation to child sexual abuse in religious/faith contexts:

“In religious contexts, victims and survivors frequently discussed the perceived power, authority and reverence bestowed upon religious organisations and individuals,...

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Proposed mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse in England and Wales

Thu, 20 Oct, 2022 - 17:43

Proposed mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse in England and Wales

Thu, 20 Oct, 2022 - 17:43

This week has seen publication of the final report from the long-running government enquiry into child sexual abuse in England and Wales, which recommends that it be made a criminal offence for a person who works with children or is in a ‘position of trust’ to fail to report child sexual abuse to the police where they witness it or are told about it by a child or perpetrator.

Over the last seven years, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual...

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England + Wales: bullying and harassment in charities

Wed, 24 Aug, 2022 - 11:14

England + Wales: bullying and harassment in charities

Wed, 24 Aug, 2022 - 11:14

The Charity Commission, which regulates Triratna charities in England and Wales, recently published updated guidelines on the duties of trustees in relation to bullying and harassment.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/following-collaborative-project-commi…

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UK: Safeguarding requirements under the Buddhist Insurance Scheme

Tue, 22 Mar, 2022 - 08:09

UK: Safeguarding requirements under the Buddhist Insurance Scheme

Tue, 22 Mar, 2022 - 08:09

Most Buddhist charities in the UK are insured under the Buddhist Insurance Scheme, which is underwritten by Ecclesiastical Insurance.

To ensure that you would actually be covered should your charity ever have reason to make an insurance claim related to a Safeguarding matter, do look at Ecclesiastical’s expectations of charities in relation to Safeguarding standards.

https://www.ecclesiastical.com/risk-management/safeguarding/

Please note that although Ecclesiastical defines Safeguarding as the protection of children and vulnerable adults, the Charity Commission for England and Wales requires charities to protect all adults...

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Safeguarding and your charity's response to the war in Ukraine

Fri, 11 Mar, 2022 - 11:04

Safeguarding and your charity's response to the war in Ukraine

Fri, 11 Mar, 2022 - 11:04

UPDATE: This event was recorded and Safeguarding is mentioned at 1’ 5” in.

Watch the video.

Thursday 17th March, 2022 4:30pm UK time

Your charity may be wondering how to respond to the war in Ukraine and the resulting humanitarian emergency. There are Safeguarding dimensions to this, especially if you are taking in refugees: children and adults who will be very vulnerable.

In this free webinar lawyers from Bates Wells will summarise some of the key issues you may need to...

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DBS checks made simple: free webinars in March

Wed, 23 Feb, 2022 - 11:30

DBS checks made simple: free webinars in March

Wed, 23 Feb, 2022 - 11:30

Free DBS webinars for faith charity trustees, staff and volunteers:

Wednesday 2nd March, 12pm – 1pm repeated on
Thursday 3rd March, 7pm – 8pm

Book for one of these webinars

All charities in England and Wales are required to DBS (security) check staff and volunteers, as appropriate. But

  • who needs to be DBS checked?
  • what level of DBS check does a given role require?
     

Strengthening Faith Institutions in partnership with the Disclosure and Barring Service are hosting these free webinars to look at:

  • An introduction to
  • ...
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Triratna’s response to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (England and Wales)

Wed, 9 Feb, 2022 - 17:59

Triratna’s response to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (England and Wales)

Wed, 9 Feb, 2022 - 17:59

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) is a UK government-commissioned legal inquiry into child sexual abuse in England and Wales. Since 2015 it has held a series of hearings about child sexual abuse and child protection in many institutions of public life in those two areas of the UK, including the Catholic and Anglican Churches.

Triratna’s ECA Safeguarding officer, Munisha was called to give testimony under oath in May 2020. Watch her testimony here.

Please note: Munisha was not called because of...

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Safeguarding officer role description

Mon, 24 Jan, 2022 - 10:55

Safeguarding officer role description

Mon, 24 Jan, 2022 - 10:55

One or two people have asked if there is a formal description for the role of a Safeguarding officer/co-ordinator (including, now a Nichiren group in California, as Triratna’s Safeguarding standards are gradually becoming known among other Buddhist traditions.)

We don’t yet have a formal role description for Triratna but here are two descriptions I have found so far.

This one is adapted from a description by Thirtyone:eight, the UK charity which specialises in Safeguarding advice for faith groups, though they say...