The purpose of this policy
E.D.E.N. Film Productions want to create spaces that provide a physically and emotionally safe environment for everyone, especially spaces where people can freely express themselves without fear of prejudice, negative judgment and intolerance.
This policy sets out the commitments made by E.D.E.N. Film Productions towards ensuring a safe space for our participants (this includes E.D.E.N. staff, volunteers, project participants, contracted workers and members of the public where appropriate). This policy covers both physical and online spaces and the behaviours we expect (and those we won’t tolerate) from our participants.
Please also see our general policies and safeguarding documents.
About E.D.E.N. Film Productions
E.D.E.N. Film Productions is an award-winning social enterprise and production company. Since 2013 we have been producing video content for a range of clients which include CRESST, Sheffield City Council, SAYiT, NHS, Disability Sheffield and Voluntary Action Sheffield. We are actively involved within the LGBTQ+ community running filmmaking workshops, events and screenings. We are the organisers of Transforming Cinema, a film festival championing transgender, gender nonconforming, non-binary and genderqueer voices.
E.D.E.N. strongly believes in equality and tackling discrimination and inequality. We promote and believe in the diversity of everyone, and believe that to achieve diversity, equality and understanding on important social issues, education is essential. E.D.E.N. is driven by its passion for equal rights, diversity and education and we believe that by nurturing this passion we can create a better world together.
What this policy covers
This policy applies to both physical and online spaces facilitated by E.D.E.N. Film Productions.
This includes but may not be limited to:
- Workshops (in person, face to face, in groups within the confines of a physical space e.g. classroom, filming location, and online such as in virtual meetings, chat rooms, shared documents)
- Events (including physical and online screenings, talks, festivals)
- Social media – E.D.E.N. reserves the right to remove harmful comments or engagements on its social media channels and posts
- Any other defined ‘space’ facilitated by E.D.E.N. Film Productions where applicable and appropriate
Our Safe Space code of conduct
We expect our participants to behave respectfully, kindly and non-judgmentally towards one another whilst present in any space facilitated by E.D.E.N. Film Productions – in person or online.
We ask participants to respect individuals’ pronouns at all times (in person and online) – we encourage participants, where appropriate, to feel open and comfortable about learning and respecting each other’s pronouns. It is often better to ask and discuss openly rather than make assumptions. Mistakes can easily and innocuously be made; we ask that participants show respect, apologise and move forward using the correct pronouns.
Use of discriminatory and non-inclusive language (in person and/or online) will not be tolerated. This includes but is not limited to in-person verbal speech, online recordings, online comments, chats and messages. We will not tolerate abusive language, including language which is homophobic, biphobic, transphobic, sexist, racist, ableist or ageist – either in person or online.
Participants should refrain from taking photos of other participants at physical events unless explicit consent has been confirmed; this also applies to taking screenshots of online meetings, events etc. where other participants are identifiable. Reposting of images featuring other participants and/or sharing on social media should also be avoided unless explicit consent has been given and agreed beforehand. E.D.E.N. will always seek approval and consent from participants before publicly sharing any such imagery or media where participants are identifiable.
Sharing of inappropriate/discriminatory materials
E.D.E.N. will not tolerate the sharing and/or distribution of harmful or offensive content, including imagery, videos, other media, comments or other writing (in person and/or online).
How to report unacceptable behaviour
Have you seen something? Heard something? Have you or a fellow participant been the target of unacceptable behaviour/language/discrimination? Contact us in confidence – all incidents will be taken seriously and fully investigated.
What we will do upon being alerted to an incident
Anyone reporting an incident will be supported in complete confidence. E.D.E.N. will fully investigate any incidents that are reported to us. Anyone found to be in breach of the aforementioned conduct as set out in this policy risks having their participation in any current and future E.D.E.N. projects and activities permanently terminated.