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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.