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Safeguarding

Code of Conduct

Purpose

  • we invite everyone engaged in activities and interacting in spaces alongside the Micro:bit Educational Foundation to make all experiences inclusive and positive
  • we request that partners using the micro:bit as part of their activities ensure alignment with this code of conduct, and ensure safeguarding processes are in place throughout their activities
  • we actively support and encourage the engagement of children (anyone under 18) in our community, both on-line and at events
  • we actively seek to protect children in all of our activities; we seek to ensure that our activities are in line with our values and support the organisation to further its work in inspiring and enabling children to participate in the digital world
  • we find strength in diversity and seek to make any engagement with the Micro:bit Educational Foundation one which enables and values participation

Expected behaviour

  1. support others' participation in the space; our community intends to encourage creativity and collaboration, we welcome new ideas, we welcome propositions, everyone is learning
  2. consider others before you interact, including their level of technical skill and experience and their level of comfort in engaging in conversation, all spaces should be supportive spaces
  3. consider that the persons(s) you are interacting with maybe a child
  4. consider that the person(s) you are interacting with maybe an adult
  5. in online spaces managed by the Foundation we discourage direct messaging to support safe spaces for children

Unacceptable behaviour

  1. Unacceptable behaviours include intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory, or demeaning speech or actions by any participant in our community online, at all related events and in one-on-one communications carried out in the context of community interactions
  2. Harassment includes but is not limited to: harmful or prejudicial verbal or written comments related to age, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability; inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces (including online spaces); doxing, intimidation, stalking or following; photography or recording without prior permission; sustained disruption of online conversations, talks or other events

Consequences

  1. any interactions of concern will be assessed and evaluated
  2. a request may then be made to adjust behaviour or language to support the community members, comments may be deleted or removed
  3. any action assessed as a severe breach of the code of conduct will result in removal from the space and a cessation of interacting with this community

Reporting

The Micro:bit Educational Foundation will have Community Organisers at any space or event they are directly responsible for, and at many partner events; their role is to support the community at events, online or virtual spaces and through all activities. The Community Organiser will record and action any breach of the code of conduct and may remind or support community members to work in a supportive manner. If you are at an event or online Community Organisers will be introduced where possible, may be wearing T-shirts or badges indicating that they are a team member of the Foundation and a Community Organiser.

If you witness or are concerned about behaviour of a community member, please contact the community organiser in your space or at your event, or report via safeguarding@microbit.org with your concerns as soon as possible.

If you are concerned about the behaviour of a Foundation team member, or you have concerns around a decision made in the reporting process, please report via reporting@microbit.org. This will report your concern to the Safeguarding Lead and Board Member focal point for Safeguarding, outside of the regular team. Your report will be kept confidential.

License & attribution

This code of conduct was developed from and with thanks to the Berlin Code of Conduct, & Ubuntu Code of Conduct

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ license