Safer spaces policy

Agreement on behavioural attitudes to abide by between ourselves:

.  Racism, as well as ageism, homophobia, sexism, transphobia, ableism or prejudice based on ethnicity, nationality, class, gender, gender presentation, language ability, asylum status or religious affiliation is unacceptable and will be challenged.

.  Respect each other’s physical and emotional boundaries, always get explicit verbal consent before touching someone or crossing boundaries.

.  Be aware of the space you take up and the positions and privileges you bring, including racial, class and gender privilege.

.  Avoid assuming the opinions and identifications of other participants.

.  Recognise that we try not to judge, put each other down or compete.

.  Be aware of the language you use in discussion and how you relate to others. Try to speak slowly and clearly and use uncomplicated language.

.  The group endeavours as much as is feasible to ensure that meeting spaces are as accessible as possible to the widest range of people.

.  Foster a spirit of mutual respect: Listen to the wisdom everyone brings to the group.

.  Give each person the time and space to speak. In large groups, or for groups using facilitation: Raise your hand to speak.

.  “Respect the person; challenge their behaviour.”

.  If someone violates these agreements a discussion or mediation process can happen, depending on the wishes of the person who was violated. If a serious violation happens to the extent that someone feels unsafe, they can be asked to leave the space and/or speak with a person or process nominated by those present.

.  Whilst ground rules are collective responsibility everyone is also personally responsible for their own behaviour.