Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy
Student Christian Movement (SCM) strongly believes that everyone is equal in the sight of God. We believe that people’s differences should not only be welcomed and supported, but celebrated. Equality and diversity is a key area of our work and this is demonstrated in part through the charity’s aim ‘celebrating diversity’. This is a very active area of our work.
Separate spaces are provided for members who belong to minority groups where SCM has a significant member base. These allow members to discuss relevant issues and bring suggestions to the movement related to their identity. Currently SCM runs closed Facebook groups for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and other related minority identity (LGBTQ+) members and disabled members, and an annual event for LGBTQ+ members is run. We welcome interest in developing spaces for other groups of members.
Student Christian Movement (SCM) is committed to ensuring that, as far as is practicable, all employees, workers, interns and work placements, volunteers, job applicants and Trustees, and other people we work with are treated with respect and dignity, and are not subjected to unfair or unlawful discrimination.
The Student Christian Movement recognises the need to provide a safe and caring environment for children, young people and adults. We acknowledge that children, young people and adults can be the victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and neglect. We accept the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant of Human Rights, which states that everyone is entitled to “all the rights and freedoms set forth therein, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status”. We also concur with the Convention on the Rights of the Child which states that children should be able to develop their full potential, free from hunger and want, neglect and abuse. They have a right to be protected from “all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s), or any other person who has care of the child.” The Trustees have therefore adopted the procedures set out in this safeguarding policy in accordance with statutory guidance. We are committed to build constructive links with statutory and voluntary agencies involved in safeguarding.