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Triratna Model Safeguarding Policies and Ethical Guidelines 2022

Wed, 11 May, 2022 - 16:18

Here are Triratna’s model policies for Safeguarding children and adults, updated for 2022 by Triratna’s ECA Safeguarding team, along with the Triratna Model Ethical Guidelines.

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 Triratna Model Safeguarding Policies follow UK legal requirements and the regulatory requirements of the Charity Commission for England and Wales, who now also require...

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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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Offering a home to Ukrainian refugees

Wed, 16 Mar, 2022 - 08:24

Offering a home to Ukrainian refugees

Wed, 16 Mar, 2022 - 08:24

Many of us have been very inspired by the example of the Triratna sangha in Krakow, Poland, opening their centre to refugee families from Ukraine. Last week Adhisthana and the College of Preceptors held an ‘Evening of Metta and Solidarity with our European Sangha’ in which Polish and Estonian Order members talked about their experience being so close to the conflict.

Watch the ‘Evening of Metta and Solidarity with our European Sangha’.

If we are inspired – as individual Buddhists or as...

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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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Charity Commission Safeguarding webinar materials now available

Mon, 21 Feb, 2022 - 15:25

Charity Commission Safeguarding webinar materials now available

Mon, 21 Feb, 2022 - 15:25

The PowerPoint pdf and video from the recent Charity Commission webinar on Safeguarding for Buddhist charities are now available and free to share with anyone at all.

One attender described it as ‘fabulous’; not a word often heard in this context…

Trustees and Safeguarding officers will find it useful to go through these materials, but they’re also relevant to any of us who teach or lead in any Triratna charity in England and Wales, to help us understand trustees’ regulatory obligations in this area,...

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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...

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Safeguarding for Buddhist charities: a Charity Commission webinar

Fri, 12 Nov, 2021 - 08:45

Safeguarding for Buddhist charities: a Charity Commission webinar

Fri, 12 Nov, 2021 - 08:45

Saturday 29th January 2022
10-11am (UK time)

A free webinar for trustees, Safeguarding officers, teachers, leaders and volunteers in Buddhist charities – and anyone else!

What are the duties of Buddhist charities in relation to Safeguarding adults and children from harm and how can we do this better?

Hosted by the Network of Buddhist Organisations UK, speakers from the Charity Commission for England and Wales will explain the Commission’s requirements - and what has been learned from recent experience in Buddhist organisations.

Safeguarding is...