Chakra Announcements

Child Protection Office – Basic Child Protection Training and CPO Judge’s Training

by Tamohara das – Director, ICOCP

Posted September 23, 2005

The ISKCON Central Office of Child Protection will be holding three major training sessions this year:

  1. This Fall - North America
  2. Late Fall - Europe
  3. Winter or Spring 2006 – South America

All trainings are held completely free of charge, although devotees must furnish their own transportation to training sites.

The first training will be held on October 28 – 30th (Friday – Sunday) in Alachua, Florida.

The format of the Alachua training:

The first day training is open to everyone. All devotees can benefit from knowledge about child protection.

To take the further training and become a CPO judge is a critically important service to the community of devotees. Our ability to protect our children depends first on local response, but also on timely investigation and adjudication of child abuse cases, and on the quality of decisions in those cases. This system was established by the GBC in 1998 and it is mandatory that all ISKCON temples follow the decisions of CPO judges. That is why we need spiritually strong and thoughtful devotees to serve as judges. We currently need more judges in all parts of the world, including North America. As this is primarily a brahminical service that determines the relationship between the alleged abuser and the ISKCON society, judges should have the following qualifications:

  1. Spiritually strong with good sadhana (16 rounds/4 regulative principles).
  2. Favorable to/member of ISKCON (Judge’s jurisdiction is to determine relationship of abuser with ISKCON temples).
  3. Recommended by three devotees (At least one should be a temple manager, ISKCON project manager, GBC, etc.).

Those interested should apply to the CPO office.

Current judges are welcome to attend the training as a “refresher course” and to assist the new judges!

For further information or to register for this training seminar, please contact:

Tamohara das, CPO Director, at tamohara@yahoo.com, cpo@pamho.net

For information about European and South American training, contact Hanuman Prabhu at cpo.europe@pamho.net