25 June 2020
Diversity Role Models (DRM) is and has always been committed to ensuring the safety of every child and young person we work with. We are horrified at the allegations being made against DRM on social media and are taking these very seriously. DRM's mission is to foster an LGBT+ inclusive environment where students are empowered to embrace difference and end bullying. We believe every child and young person deserves the opportunity to be successful in their school career and their differences to be understood and celebrated.
DRM is committed to protecting the welfare of children and young people and as such we have a robust Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and procedures in place. We carry out regular training for our staff, trustees, and volunteers ensuring everyone is aware of their responsibility.
Our home learning packs are a resource that has been created to support parents/carers with home schooling. The intention is for these to be used by adults to enable open conversations on LGBT+ issues with their children. We recognise that some of the material in the pack has been misinterpreted and we want to reiterate that DRM unequivocally condemns anything that is or could be interpreted as supporting paedophilia or harm to children.
We would like to thank those who raised the concern about our materials and re-affirm that we all share the fundamental principle to safeguard all children. As a result, we have made the following changes:
1. The example 'love has no age limit' in reference to the Love Has No Labels video has been removed from the home learning pack.
2. The LGBT+ inclusive book lists have been removed from both home learning packs. Any future book lists produced or shared by DRM will include age guidelines and relevant information for an adult to determine if the book is suitable for their child.
3. The PinkNews website has been removed as a resource for secondary school students.
We have learnt from this experience and will apply these learnings to everything we do going forward.
DRM remain committed to taking a child-centred approach in our work with schools and their communities, embedding inclusion and building empathy through education and role model storytelling.