Safeguarding Policy

ISKCON London holds various events, lectures and public festivals during the year. We are

committed to ensuring safe environments for children and young people and believe that it

is unacceptable for a child or young person to experience abuse of any kind. We recognise

our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable

adults by a commitment to best practice which protects them.

This policy applies to our Board of Trustees, employees, volunteers, students or anyone

working on behalf of ISKCON.

We recognise that:

• the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults is paramount

• all children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief,

sexual orientation or identity have the right to equal protection from all types of

harm or abuse

• working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other

agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.

The purpose of the policy:

• to provide protection for children, young people and vulnerable adults who

participate in our festivals, including the children of festival members

• to provide staff and volunteers with guidance on procedures they should adopt in

the event that they suspect a child or young person may be experiencing, or be at

risk of harm

We will seek to safeguard children and young people by:

• valuing them, listening to and respecting them

• adopting child protection guidelines through procedures and safe working practice

for staff and volunteers

• recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made

• sharing information about child protection and safe working practice with children,

parents, staff and volunteers

• sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving

parents and children appropriately

• providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision,

support and training.ISKCON will review this policy each year in August in line with Safe Network guidance or

sooner in light of any changes in legislation or guidance. All changes will be communicated

to all volunteers and employees.

Creating a Safe Environment for Everyone

ISKCON uses the following policies and procedures to provide a safe environment for


1. A single, definitive Safeguarding Policy adopted by departments, residents, volunteers

with Child Protection training provided by Rupanuga Bhakti Das

2. The designated Child Protection Officer appointed for ISKCON London is:

Name: Rupanuga Bhakti Das

3. The following clear reporting procedure is to be followed for anyone with a concern

about a child or vulnerable adult:

• Volunteers are to immediately report incidents or concerns to CPO Officer Rupanuga

Bhakti Das or to their immediate supervisor. The following information should be provided:

The name and contact number of the volunteer who raised the initial concern and a detailed

description of their concern, with details of witnesses.

• The CPO Officer will decide what further action needs to be taken, if any.

• If a child is in imminent danger please call 999 immediately.

4. There are appropriate recruitment and induction procedures for all new volunteers

responsible for providing safe environments for children and vulnerable adults attending

Temple. All voulnteers are required to complete a Clearance Check before being able to do

any service at Temple. Those people dealing directly with children and young people are

are required to have the necessary DBS clearance.

5. There will be the availability of a quiet room where concerns can be expressed in private

to the CPO .

6. For the duration of a visit at Temple all parents/guardians/carers are responsible for the

continuous care and supervision of their own children/wards. If they are unable to attend

personally, they must delegate their responsibilities to an identified adult and ensure that

their children/wards are aware of the identity and name of the person responsible for their

care. This includes supervision throughout all Temple areas, practice and changing areas

that may be provided. The Management cannot take responsibility for any property left


7. No unauthorised photography, audio or video recording of children and young people is

allowed on Temple premises. Where parents/guardians/carers do not wish photos to be

taken at all, then the responsible adult attending should ensure that their child is notincluded in official photos. Refer to ISKCONS Safe Use of Children Photography Policy for the

videoing and photographing of children and retention and use of child photography.

8. ISKCON’s Safeguarding Policy and approach to creating a safe environment for everyone

is available and will be available on our Website.

9. By completing and signing the consent form all parents / guardians / carers of under

under 18 (or vulnerable adults of any age) confirm that they give (or have obtained) the

necessary consents for their child/ward to take part in events. Without consent children will

not be allowed to participate in certain activities such as volunteering Krishna Club.

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