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Why confidentiality?

Thu, 10 Jun, 2021 - 14:00

Why confidentiality?

Thu, 10 Jun, 2021 - 14:00

You may be wondering why the details about Safeguarding cases and cases of ethical misconduct in Triratna need to be kept so confidential. Why can’t everyone know?

Actually it’s not specifically to do with Safeguarding or misconduct. Data protection law in the UK and many other countries strictly protects the privacy of the individual and restricts the ways in which organisations may use or share information about individuals. You’ll notice this every time a website or an organisation asks your permission to hold...

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Free online Safeguarding training with SCIE 23rd June 2021

Wed, 2 Jun, 2021 - 14:15

Free online Safeguarding training with SCIE 23rd June 2021

Wed, 2 Jun, 2021 - 14:15

We’ve just heard of a free online Safeguarding training event specially for faith groups offered by SCIE, 10-11.20am GMT on Wednesday 23rd June.

Details and registration here.

SCIE are the Social Care Institute for Excellence, who have conducted Safeguarding audits for the major Churches in the UK.

This would suit Safeguarding officers, trustees and anyone else who wants to understand more about Safeguarding.

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Safeguarding training for Safeguarding officers and trustees

Fri, 28 May, 2021 - 10:18

Safeguarding training for Safeguarding officers and trustees

Fri, 28 May, 2021 - 10:18

Dear Triratna Safeguardians,

We’re increasingly asked about training for Safeguarding. The good news is that it’s available online, more cheaply and accessibly than ever.

  1. Training may be available from your local authority.
  2. The NSPCC offer well-regarded training for Safeguarding children.
  3. Thirtyone:eight are a Christian Safeguarding charity offering a range of courses specifically for Safeguarding in faith groups of all kinds.
  4. And Amaladipa and I at the ECA Safeguarding team have been planning to run online training specifically tailored to the kinds of situations
  5. ...
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Trustee gatherings with the ECA Safeguarding team

Thu, 27 May, 2021 - 13:56

Trustee gatherings with the ECA Safeguarding team

Thu, 27 May, 2021 - 13:56

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.

We’re available from September...

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Online gathering for Safeguarding officers 28th June 2021

Wed, 26 May, 2021 - 15:21

Online gathering for Safeguarding officers 28th June 2021

Wed, 26 May, 2021 - 15:21

Dear Triratna Safeguarding friends,

Want to get together with other Triratna Safeguarding officers for mutual support?

At the ECA Safeguarding team we know that being a centre Safeguarding officer can sometimes be a demanding and lonely job. So we’ll be offering a series of Zoom gatherings, starting on

Monday 28th June, 10.30-12.30 GMT

When we see how this one goes we’ll programme further meetings at various times and on various days of the week, to suit different time zones and working patterns.

To book, please email safeguarding [at] triratna.community.

With metta,
Munisha and Amaladipa

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UK: DBS security checks

Tue, 18 May, 2021 - 13:58

UK: DBS security checks

Tue, 18 May, 2021 - 13:58

Here’s new information on DBS security checks for places of worship in the UK.

https://www.sfitogether.org/dbs-checks-faith-centres/

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dbs-checks-for-working-with-c…

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Setting up secure email for Safeguarding work

Tue, 18 May, 2021 - 13:32

Setting up secure email for Safeguarding work

Tue, 18 May, 2021 - 13:32

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...

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Anglican Church in England and Wales makes significant Safeguarding reforms

Tue, 18 May, 2021 - 09:38

Anglican Church in England and Wales makes significant Safeguarding reforms

Tue, 18 May, 2021 - 09:38

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...

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2020 with the ECA Safeguarding team

Fri, 9 Apr, 2021 - 16:01

2020 with the ECA Safeguarding team

Fri, 9 Apr, 2021 - 16:01

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.

Alongside continuing work on some historical...

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The Church of England and independent Safeguarding

Wed, 31 Mar, 2021 - 09:51

The Church of England and independent Safeguarding

Wed, 31 Mar, 2021 - 09:51

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’...