Mermaids refuses to let staff see report on former chief amid ‘safe space’ fears

Dec 6, 2022 by

by Ewan Somerville, Telegraph:

Workforce had been due to receivehighly critical audit on Monday after chief executive was forced out in a staff revolt.

Mermaids is refusing to let staff see a report into ousted boss Susie Green’s leadership because there are not “safe spaces” in which to read it.

The scandal-hit child transgender charity’s workforce were due to receive the highly critical audit on Monday after the chief executive was forced out in a staff revolt.

Last weekend, a whistleblower told The Telegraph how Ms Green faced a staff backlash over her “incapable” leadership, culminating in the “nail in the coffin” report, seen by trustees.

But on Monday staff were told that the board of trustees felt “we can’t safely share the EDI [equality, diversity and inclusion] report today as we had planned”.

Citing media reports and an “unacceptable risk” to the authors, Mat Maddocks, a Mermaids trustee, wrote in the email that “our first priority is the well-being of our staff and given these events it isn’t possible to create the safe spaces for processing the report that are vital”.

The audit by the Social Justice Collective (SJC), a diversity group, follows staff complaints about alleged racism, safeguarding after a trustee spoke at a conference sympathetic to paedophiles, and Ms Green “shoving her head in the sand” over scandals.

It prompted the Charity Commission to open a statutory inquiry, its most severe investigation, last week.

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