SAFER SPACES POLICY

Safer Spaces Policy 

Climate Camp Scotland

 

All participants in Climate Camp Scotland agree to the Safer Spaces Policy in order to ensure that everyone feels welcomed, included and safe in our meetings, activities, and online spaces.

 

Summary

 

  • We all agree to abide by the Group Agreement. 

  • Conflict is normal and we can deal with it together. 

  • We can all cause harm and be hurt. We hold ourselves accountable and look out for each other. 

  • We believe in and try to practice Transformative Justice. If there is a conflict that you want help with, you have been hurt, or you recognise people or yourself not following this policy, please reach out to the Anti-Oppression Working Group.  

 

Group Agreement 

 

All participants agree to: 

  1. Be respectful to others at all times (verbal and non-verbal communication, awareness of physical personal space, emotional boundaries, and labour capacity)

  2. Ensure that consent is a cornerstone of all interactions

  3. Work to educate ourselves about the experiences of others, anti-oppression, and understanding the privilege inherent in certain identities.

  4. Challenge oppressive behaviour in ourselves and others. Be receptive to people who challenge our behaviours. 

  5. Avoid engaging in behaviour that excludes, threatens or disrespects other people on the basis of:

  • gender identity,

  • ability,

  • immigration or citizenship status,

  • ethnicity,

  • culture,

  • nationality, 

  • age,

  • sexuality,

  • religion and belief,

  • working status,

  • income,

  • appearance,

  • experience

6. Not engage in abusive behaviours including, but not limited to:

  • violence or threat of violence (unless these actions are taken in self defence)

  • use of force or threat of force

  • rape, sexual assault and harassment

  • verbal and written oppressive language (insults or generalisations about an identity group)

  • verbal and written personal insult

  • verbal and written harassment (repeated uninvited comments or requests)

7. Leave the group in a respectful way if a Transformative Justice process concludes that your continued participation in Climate Camp Scotland is undermining the group’s functioning or anyone's safety, and no other resolution is tenable.

Why do we have a safer spaces policy? 

 

We recognise that while we have passion for a shared cause, it is natural for groups to experience conflict. Our safer spaces policy outlines ways to minimise possible harm from conflict from the start. 

 

Furthermore, we all hold conscious and unconscious biases that can affect our relationships, interactions and activism. This policy is part of a wider, active challenge to the systems and institutions of violence, privilege and domination that uphold oppression both inside and outside of our group.

 

How can we put this into practice?

 

We believe in community accountability. This policy should be summarised at the beginning of meetings and events, and made clearly available on all of our channels.

 

If anyone or anything makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, or you have experienced abuse, assault or harassment, our Anti-Oppression team will offer a safer space for listening, learning, and accountability. We vow to listen to those affected by oppression, take their lead on how to resolve the issue and work to pursue the change, growth and learning among the individual/people (ourselves or others) who were oppressive. 

 

Our Transformative Justice process aims to help participants work through any conflict or situation. Where one person or some people are harmed, their needs will be centered in an effort to resolve power issues and disputes justly.  Any information shared will remain confidential unless, or until, explicit permission is given for it to be shared with specific people or the group as a whole. Where appropriate, we can help find people outside of Climate Camp Scotland to hold the space. 



Need to include what would happen when contact happens. 

  • Take into account confidentiality

  • Different contact points (whatsapp, email, slack) 

  • Need to have trained dedicated people with good communication skills 

  • Should go at start and end of this document.