Safeguarding is the action that we take as a community to promote a safer culture, it is everyone's responsibility. It is about ensuring the wellbeing and human rights of those participating in BYM events. To support safeguarding at Yearly Meeting we have developed a set of policies and procedures which we expect staff, and Youth, Children & Families Volunteers to follow. This includes the BYM Online Safeguarding Policy and Expectations of YCF Volunteers and BYM Staff.

If you have a concern about abuse outside of Yearly Meeting, please go here. If you have a concern or someone has made a disclosure to you at YM please see the BYM Safeguarding Quick Reference Guide.

'Our Community Agreement' sets out how we will look after each other as part of an online gathering. Behaviour such as bullying, harassment and verbal abuse is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. The document 'Policy and Procedures on bullying harassment and verbal abuse' sets out how we will respond to and address these actions and/or behaviours, at both live and virtual events, and any issues arising on social media sites.

Any reports around bullying, harassment and/or verbal abuse can be made both during the event and after the event. Where possible try to resolve the conflict through informal means. However, if this is not possible you should initially approach Yearly Meeting Elders with your concern.

Safeguarding guides and policies

Information updated 21 January 2022

Our safeguarding policy (PDF)

Our online safeguarding policy (PDF)

Yearly Meeting 2021: Safeguarding quick reference guide (PDF)

Expectations of Youth, Children & Families Volunteers (PDF)

Yearly Meeting: Policy and Procedures on bullying, harassment and verbal abuse (PDF)