Petition update

Who does this apply to?

Yvonne Aburrow
Cambridge, Canada

Jan 12, 2018 — Several people have asked "what about smaller organisations and events?"

With regard to events, I am talking about larger public events, such as gatherings with speakers, workshops, where you are hiring a public hall. I am not talking about parties, small informal rituals, or private covens. The type of policy or agreement for such groups is different - it would be more a group covenant. At a private party or ritual, you generally know all the people you have invited and know whether they can be trusted.

With regard to organisations, I am talking about larger organisations which meet regularly and have some sort of formal level of organisation. Many Pagan pub moots have already adopted the Pagan and Heathen Symposium Code of Conduct, for example.

In short, if the guidelines fit the type of event or organisation that you are running, then it's a good idea to adopt them. A larger druid grove or a small private conference for Wiccan initiates can still benefit from having a Code of Conduct (it doesn't need a safeguarding policy if no children are present). In a coven or small grove, you would be better off developing your guidelines or group rules by consensus process.

A selection of links to model policies is below.

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