Botton Village, a Camphill Community in Yorkshire run according to the doctrine of Rudolf Steiner by the Camphill Village Trust (CVT) is the subject of another news story in the Northern echo.
Steiner teacher and volunteer co-worker Mark Barber was told to leave because of a safeguarding complaint. The exact nature of the complaint has not been disclosed, and Mr Barber remains in his home and his post but must be supervised when in contact with residents.
He is one of the staff members who is unwilling to comply with new working conditions being implemented by the CVT in accordance with regulations. Previously co-workers were volunteers and were paid expenses. (See earlier post)
“As a separate matter, the charity is having to recognise that co-workers need to become employed.
“Attempts to reach an amicable solution with him about a future role and accommodation in the charity have been unsuccessful and he has been given two months’ notice to leave.
“Other co-workers have not been asked to leave. If co-workers decide they do not want an employed role the charity will not be able to continue to provide them with indefinite free accommodation and financial support.
Some staff at Botton have accused CVT of misusing safeguarding regulations, as is apparent in the comments on the article, but at least some residents’ families feel they should be able to raise safeguarding issues without fear of repercussions.