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Community Forums Code of conduct

This Code of Conduct sets out the standards that the Forums expect of its members. It aims to provide members with an effective ethical framework in which to do business. It is not intended to be exhaustive, or to cover every eventuality, but sets out some common sense requirements to enable the forums to function smoothly and successfully.

It is the responsibility of the Chair to encourage and enable input from forum members, to ensure all voices are heard.

1. Meeting Etiquette

As an attendee you must comply with the following requirements and any others that may be stated from time to time:

  1. Contribute positively to discussions concerning the issues of the meeting
  2. Be friendly, polite, courteous and respectful at all times to fellow members, and others present
  3. Not insult, abuse or use offensive language or behaviour
  4. Comply with our Equal Opportunities Policy
  5. Demonstrate actively that you are interested in and care about the issue that you are discussing and want to make a positive difference
  6. Show respect for buildings, facilities and equipment being used
  7. Speak only through the Chair of the meeting and not interrupt, heckle, make distracting noises or gestures
  8. Speak clearly into any microphone provided and comply with any instructions given about its use

2. Being Objective

  1. Your own experience and views should inform, but not dominate or dictate how you participate
  2. If you have a specific issue with regards to a service matter to raise these can be discussed with a member of staff at the end of the meeting or you can ask for the appropriate officer details. Meetings attended by other residents are not the place to raise any issues of this nature
  3. Be Fair
  4. You must have and show respect for the people you deal with, and take their circumstances and personal differences into account. This is about putting equality into practice. The key is simply to respect differences fairly, so that you do not exclude anyone, or treat anyone inappropriately or unfairly because of their particular circumstances.

Breaching the Code of Conduct

If any person’s behaviour breaches this Code of Conduct, they will be required to leave the meeting and vacate the premises where it is being held. They will not be permitted to attend future meetings unless they provide satisfactory evidence to us that they will comply with the Code – for example, a letter of apology.

If you would like further information or if you would like to discuss the Code of Conduct please contact Vicki Rockall, Community Safety and Engagement Manager at [email protected] or on 01604 837074.

Last updated 16 October 2023