Last updated: 21 October 2020
In response to the recommendations of the Lewis Silkin LLP Independent Investigation and on advice from the Charity Commission, we have made every effort to put safeguarding at the heart of our work to ensure Rigpa UK is a safe environment for everyone. This work is underpinned by our safeguarding framework and our code of conduct and shared values and guidelines—in line with our principles and ethics as students of Buddhism—and UK Law.
In 2019 up to 50 core volunteers received Safeguarding training from thirtyone:eight, a registered safeguarding trainer. We formed a Safeguarding Group and appointed a Safeguarding Team who have developed a new safeguarding framework including policies and procedures which clearly set out Rigpa UK’s approach to safeguarding and promoting the well being of everyone participating in Rigpa UK activities. This framework has been communicated to our Group Coordinators, instructors, core volunteers and support staff and ongoing training and support is provided to ensure our policies are effective in practice.
Please read the information set out in the the pages below for details of how and in what situation you can raise safeguarding concerns or raise a grievance or complaint to Rigpa UK, its regulatory authority, the Charity Commission, or in the case of a criminal offence, the police.
With best wishes
The Trustees of Rigpa Fellowship (Rigpa UK)