The Manchester Centre for Buddhist Meditation Trust

The Manchester Centre for Buddhist Meditation Trust
Safeguarding Policy and Practice

The Manchester Centre for Buddhist Meditation Trust recognises the need to provide a safe and caring environment for children, young people and adults. We acknowledge that children, young people and adults can be the victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and neglect. We accept the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant of Human Rights, which states that everyone is entitled to “all the rights and freedoms set forth therein, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status”.  We also concur with the Convention on the Rights of the Child which states that children should be able to develop their full potential, free from hunger and want, neglect and abuse. They have a right to be protected from “all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s), or any other person who has care of the child.” As a Leadership we have therefore adopted the procedures set out in this safeguarding policy in accordance with statutory guidance. We are committed to build constructive links with statutory and voluntary agencies involved in safeguarding.  

The policy and any attached practice guidelines are based on the ten Safe and Secure safeguarding standards published by thirtyone:eight our Safegurding consultants. The policy is the same as that used by the Samatha Trust.

Samatha Trust Safeguarding policy

The Manchester Centre for Buddhist Meditation Trust
Concerns and Complaints Procedure

We aim to offer a high level of care and attention to the teaching of meditation in all our classes, courses and associated activities, under the auspices of the Manchester Centre for Buddhist Meditation Trust.

However, we recognise that, in order to maintain, develop and improve the quality and delivery of our courses, we need to receive constructive feedback and be kept informed of any problems experienced by those to whom we teach meditation.

The Samatha Trust will take seriously any feedback, concern or complaint received and aim to resolve problems through the effective use of the Concerns and Complaints Procedure. We endeavour to  make those whom we teach aware of this procedure and will provide a copy of the procedure on request. If a complaint alerts us to possible abuse or neglect we will alert the appropriate safeguarding officer who will investigate with the help, if appropriate, of our safeguarding consultants thirtyone:eight.
In appropriate cases we may suggest the involvement of a trusted third party to help resolve any disagreement arising from a concern or complaint.

For further details of how to make a complaint please see the Manchester Centre for Buddhist Meditation Trust Concerns and Complaints Procedure below.

Concerns and Complaints Procedure