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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’...

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Triratna Model Safeguarding Policies and Ethical Guidelines 2021

Wed, 10 Mar, 2021 - 13:24

Here are Triratna’s model Ethical guidelines and policies for Safeguarding children and adults, updated for 2021 by Triratna’s ECA Safeguarding team.

(See below for more information on Safeguarding, the Safeguarding team, the Ethics Kula and the difference between Safeguarding matters and Matters of Order conduct.)

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 model Ethical guidelines (first published in 2015 on the initiative of Triratna’s International Council) are an...

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England and Wales: bill to make sex between faith leaders and 16-17 year olds an offence

Tue, 9 Mar, 2021 - 17:00

England and Wales: bill to make sex between faith leaders and 16-17 year olds an offence

Tue, 9 Mar, 2021 - 17:00

Under a bill announced today, faith leaders who have sexual relations with 16 and 17-year-olds in their care will be breaking the law under new legislation planned for England and Wales. This would apply to Order members who teach or have any other involvement with 16-17 year-olds in the context of Triratna activities, or any other context where they are acting as Order members.

The age of consent is 16, yet a person remains legally a child until 18. ‘Position of Trust’ law already...

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Update on Safeguarding in the Anglican Church

Thu, 4 Mar, 2021 - 10:29

Update on Safeguarding in the Anglican Church

Thu, 4 Mar, 2021 - 10:29

In November we reported on IICSA’s public inquiry into failures to Safeguard children in the Church of England and Church in Wales, both part of the Anglican Church worldwide.

This week IICSA has published two brief updates on measures taken (or not taken) by those two Churches in response to recommendations made by IICSA.

Triratna’s ECA Safeguarding officer Munisha was called to testify as part of IICSA’s hearings in May 2020.

NBIICSA is not investigating cases of child sexual abuse...

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Diversity in action: a guide for UK charities

Wed, 27 Jan, 2021 - 16:18

Diversity in action: a guide for UK charities

Wed, 27 Jan, 2021 - 16:18

Here’s a free guide to UK law on equality and discrimination, from BatesWells, lawyers specialising in charity law, used by several Triratna charities.

The guide covers:

  • Is discrimination ever lawful? A brief introduction to UK legislation on diversity - the Equality Act 2010.
  • How to make positive changes to promote greater diversity within your membership or trustee body.
  • When is it lawful to restrict who can benefit from your charity’s services?
  • How charities can take positive action to improve diversity, without falling foul of equality law.
  • Our 5 tips for employers around reasonable adjustments for disabled
  • ...
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Free Safeguarding webinars with the Charity Commission

Mon, 4 Jan, 2021 - 16:15

Dear Safeguarding officers in England and Wales,

Attached below please see details of free webinars for faith charities run by the Charity Commission’s Faith Engagement Team, including a free Safeguarding webinar on 6th February and repeated on 10th February.

To book, click on the title of the event in the attachment.

I’ve recently had very good contact with the CC’s Faith Engagement Team and they are very approachable, eager to be in touch with any faith charity and happy to answer questions.

The Head of Faith Charities Engagement is Nick Donaldson.
Email: Nick.Donaldson [at] ...

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Learning from the FPMT in the case of Dagri Rinpoche

Thu, 17 Dec, 2020 - 16:50

Learning from the FPMT in the case of Dagri Rinpoche

Thu, 17 Dec, 2020 - 16:50

Post updated 11th February 2021; see final paragraph.

November saw the publication within the Tibetan tradition FPMT (Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana) of a report on allegations of sexual assault carried out by Dagri Rinpoche. Dagri Rinpoche is not a member of FPMT, but is a visiting teacher ordained in the same lineage.

Whenever such reports are published, the ECA’s Safeguarding team looks carefully to see what we in Triratna can learn from others’ experience. In the spirit of...

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Are you livestreaming your activities?

Wed, 16 Dec, 2020 - 12:04

Are you livestreaming your activities?

Wed, 16 Dec, 2020 - 12:04

If you are livestreaming your activities with people present in the room, don’t forget to make sure that anyone who will appear in shot knows and agrees, or moves out of shot, whether adult or child.

And here are further Safeguarding measures to be aware of when teaching online.

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Learning from the Catholic Church

Mon, 14 Dec, 2020 - 14:35

Learning from the Catholic Church

Mon, 14 Dec, 2020 - 14:35

Following October’s release of a report on failures in preventing addressing child sexual abuse in the Anglican Church in England and Wales, November saw the publication of a 123-page report on similar failures in the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

NB: ‘Child sexual abuse’ includes the ‘non-contact’ offences of viewing, possessing or producing indecent images of children.

Whenever such reports are published,  we at the ECA’s Safeguarding team look carefully to see what we can learn. We’ll list...