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Barriers to reporting child sexual abuse in religious communities in England and Wales

Fri, 22 Oct, 2021 - 19:41

Barriers to reporting child sexual abuse in religious communities in England and Wales

Fri, 22 Oct, 2021 - 19:41

Booking is open for this free online talk on the barriers faced by faith groups in England and Wales to the effective reporting of child sexual abuse.

Wednesday 10th November 2021
11am UK time

Information and registration

This talk will build on the finding of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in England and Wales that in some faith groups there are significant barriers to the reporting of allegations of child sexual abuse to police and other external bodies.

The speaker is Nick Donaldson, who previously worked at...

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Faith and child safeguarding summit 8 - 11 November 2021

Mon, 18 Oct, 2021 - 13:24

Faith and child safeguarding summit 8 - 11 November 2021

Mon, 18 Oct, 2021 - 13:24

Keeping Children Safe, an international child Safeguarding organisation, is offering a four-day child Safeguarding summit online, free of charge.

8-11 November 2021

(You select the presentations you want to attend, rather than having to attend all four days.)

Details and booking here.

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What is a Safeguarding trustee?

Thu, 30 Sep, 2021 - 14:55

What is a Safeguarding trustee?

Thu, 30 Sep, 2021 - 14:55

All Triratna charities should have Safeguarding officers (as recommended by the latest report from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse), but charities in England and Wales are required by the Charity Commission to have a Safeguarding trustee. As with the Safeguarding officer, this needs to be an Order member.

The Safeguarding trustee is responsible for

  • keeping Safeguarding on the agenda for the trustees so they don’t just forget about it and leave it to the poor SG officer!
  • making sure
  • ...
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Child protection in religious organisations & settings: learning from IICSA’s latest report

Wed, 29 Sep, 2021 - 15:54

Child protection in religious organisations & settings: learning from IICSA’s latest report

Wed, 29 Sep, 2021 - 15:54

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.

In May 2020 IICSA turned its attention to smaller faith groups and its 226-page report on this latest phase,...

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Making Zoom meetings more disabled-accessible

Mon, 23 Aug, 2021 - 09:47

Making the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha more accessible to anyone is obviously part of our practice. (And discrimination by an organisation on the grounds of disability is also illegal and a Safeguarding matter in the UK.)

Many thanks to those at the Manchester Buddhist Centre (UK) for this guide to making Zoom meetings more accessible for those with disabilities or impairments.

https://thebuddhistcentre.com/resources/accessible-online-sangha-meeting…

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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
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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