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Safeguarding Policy of the European Youth Forum

The European Youth Forum promotes a culture based on respect, dignity and equality to ensure full access and participation, reflecting the basic right of everyone to be heard.

It is the responsibility of everyone in the organisation to create a space that is safe and welcoming for all. This applies to/during: all events and activities; in the European Youth Forum as an office environment; to the interactions between staff, volunteers and board members; and to all online interactions.

Expected behaviours include:

  • Using respectful language;
  • Empowering people to share their views and opinions;
  • Being mindful of your position of power and privilege(s);
  • Communicating with respect for others, critiquing ideas rather than individuals;
  • Creating the physical conditions for everyone to participate as equals;
  • Respecting individuals’ personal space and boundaries;
  • Being mindful of the needs and potential susceptibility of minors and vulnerable adults, and behaving appropriately in their presence;
  • Being an active bystander, calling out unacceptable behaviours.

Unacceptable behaviours include:

  • Sexual harassment, unwanted physical contact;
  • Physical violence, aggression or intimidation;
  • Verbal aggression or intimidation;
  • Bullying, humiliation, degradation;
  • Segregation;
  • Discrimination or slurs on the basis of age, sex, gender identity or expression, race, ethnicity, citizenship, religion, belief, sexual orientation, political convictions or membership, disability, civil status, socio-economic background, linguistic identity or physical appearance;
  • Abuse of position of power, especially in affective relationships.

The European Youth Forum has a zero tolerance policy for any of the aforementioned unacceptable behaviours.

How to report an incident?

  1. Speak to the Safeguarding Contact Point for the event.
  2. Fill in the reporting form (available below).

The European Youth Forum will get back to you within 48 hours. Let a member of staff know if you need any help in the meantime; we are here to support you.

Incident Reporting Form

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