Equality and Diversity policy: Religion or belief

Support for members of all faiths and none and for ongoing spiritual development

Religion or belief

Girlguiding is open to young members and volunteers of all faiths and none and believes that every member should be encouraged to explore their beliefs and to take an active part in the religion or faith of their family and community where appropriate.

Leaders and commissioners should take account of the special requirements of the faiths of unit members – such as dress, diet or holiday days – when planning unit programmes and other events. More information on support for religious differences and guiding.

Ongoing spiritual development is a core part of what Girlguiding offers girls and young women. This forms a key part of our Promise and Girlguiding programme and is outlined further in our educational framework. However, participation in any religious act of worship or activity in or out of the unit meeting place must always be voluntary and with the consent of an adult with parental responsibility for the young member.

Published: 3 July 2019

Girlguiding policies, procedures and guidance are reviewed and updated from time to time as part of a review cycle.