Safe Space Policy
As an organisation, we at Creative United are committed to treating everyone with the same level of respect, sensitivity and inclusivity. We believe it is our responsibility to create an online space that reflects this.
It is in this spirit that we ask you to reflect on and adhere to the following list of guidelines, as a form of collective responsibility towards one another. These guidelines are not intended to be an exhaustive list; we encourage you to contact us with any suggestions to help us make our space safer for all.
// Every person involved in our events should feel welcome to participate in empowering, non-judgemental and non-threatening discussions and events. All individuals should be free from intimidation, harassment and the deliberate, or negligent, creation of unsafe or unwelcoming conditions.
// Use of language that causes discomfort or offence, or language that reinforces stereotypes, derogatory labels, or outdated terms – including Ableist, Homophobic, Racist, Sexist or Transphobic language – is not welcome.
// Prejudice based on ability, Asylum status, class, Ethnicity, Gender, Gender presentation, Nationality, or Religion will also not be tolerated.
// Different terminology may be required to accommodate personal preferences and to communicate effectively with each other. In these instances, we take your lead from individuals and /or different communities. As part of this, avoid assuming the opinions and identification of participants.
// Be aware of the social space you occupy, as well as the positions and privileges we may be conveying, including racial, class and gender privilege.
// Collaborate with each other to establish a spirit of mutual respect: try not to judge or enter into competition with others. Listen to the wisdom everyone has to share.
// ‘Respect the person; challenge the behaviour.’
The above statement has been informed by Heart of Glass’ Safer Space Boundaries statement for With For About 2020.
We are committed to making these events as accessible as possible with the time and resources available to us. We acknowledge that our definition of access will inevitably have some shortcomings, so please share with us your access requirements, whether that is around disability, education, childcare, money or anything else.
As a standard, the following measures will be in place for each event.
// Live audio description during the events will be available, though we acknowledge that the accuracy of the transcription will not always be 100% due to the availability of technology with our current resources.
// Technical support will be available and clearly referenced at the beginning of the events.
// A chat moderator will be present to facilitate participation in the conversation from attendees.
// All events will be recorded and published online with subtitles to be viewed at a later date.
We acknowledge that participation in these events require access to the internet which we recognise is not universal. We are also aware of the valid concerns regarding data protection and privacy with commercially available video conferencing platforms. Whilst we have looked into options, we have not been able to find an open source alternative that can adequately host a large number of participants without compromising the quality of the stream. We will work on improving this for future online events.