Equality and Diversity policy

Our policy on including everyone - whatever their faith, race, culture, nationality or sexual orientation

Girlguiding is part of a global youth movement that celebrates diversity, and is committed to equality and respect for all our members and potential members.

Girlguiding’s policies and supporting information provide a structure in which guiding can take place safely, consistently, and in accordance with the law.

Girlguiding's Equality and Diversity policy must be followed by all Girlguiding’s members and volunteers.

Equality and diversity policy statement

Young people

Girlguiding is committed to extending Guiding, its Purpose and Method to girls and young women up to the age of 25 in all parts of society.

No Girlguiding young member should suffer disadvantage, or receive less favourable treatment on the basis of:

  • ethnic origin, nationality (or statelessness) or race
  • disability
  • religion or belief (including the absence of belief)
  • marital or civil partnership status
  • sexual orientation
  • pregnancy
  • gender reassignment
  • class or socio-economic status
  • political belief.

Girlguiding exists to help girls and young women develop and fulfil their potential. A key way of achieving our Mission and Vision is by providing a ‘girl only’ space for our young members. 

This means that our 'girl only' offer is permitted as a positive action under the Equality Act 2010. 

Leaders and other volunteers

To carry out its work Girlguiding seeks to appoint effective and appropriate volunteer Leaders, and to involve other volunteers in a range of supporting roles. All Girlguiding volunteers are required to behave in accordance with the Equality and Diversity policy.

The overriding consideration in making volunteer appointments in Girlguiding shall be the safety and security of young people, and their continued development in accordance with the Purpose and Values of Girlguiding.

Accordingly, all those whom Girlguiding accepts as volunteers must be 'fit and proper' persons to undertake the duties of the particular position to which they have been appointed.

Within the constraints imposed by the need to ensure:

  • the safety and security of young people
  • the continued development of young people
  • equal opportunities for all. 

No person volunteering with Girlguiding should suffer disadvantage or receive less favourable treatment on the basis of:

  • ethnic origin, nationality (or statelessness) or race
  • age
  • disability
  • religion or belief (including the absence of belief)
  • marital or civil partnership status
  • sexual orientation
  • pregnancy
  • gender reassignment
  • class or socio-economic status
  • political belief.

Girlguiding exists to support girls and young women, helping them to develop and fulfil their potential. A key way of achieving our Mission and Vision is by providing a ‘girl only’ space and female role models for our young members.

Girlguiding's 'girl only' offer is permitted as a positive action under the Equality Act 2010, and some leadership positions in Girlguiding are only open to female members. 

This policy is reinforced by additional supporting information and guidance that is linked below. 

Girlguiding's approach to inclusion

Girlguiding is open to all girls and young women between the ages of 5-25 (4 in Ulster). Girlguiding provides resources and support for adult volunteers to enable them to include all girls and young women and give them a great guiding experience.

Further information about how Girlguiding supports the inclusion of individuals with legally protected characteristics can be found in the following supporting information.

Published: 11 January 2017