Purpose 

This code of conduct aims to make sure everyone who participates in Chalk Newton Geoscience activities knows what is expected of them and feels safe, respected and valued. 

Chalk Newton Geoscience must make sure that everyone taking part in our activities has seen, understood and agreed to follow the code of conduct, and that they understand the consequences of inappropriate conduct.

We expect people who take part in our activities to display appropriate conductat all times. This includes conduct that takes place outside our organisation and conduct that takes place online.

This Code of Conduct Aims to: 

  • identify acceptable and unacceptable conduct
  • encourage cooperation, honesty, fairness and respect 
  • create an environment where your self-esteem, self-respect and self-confidence will grow 
  • encourage you to recognise and respect the rights of others 
  • encourage you to take responsibility for your own conduct
  • help resolve conflicts and make it clear what will happen if you decide not to follow the code. 

Dos and Don’ts 

You Should:
  • cooperate with others 
  • be friendly 
  • listen to others 
  • be helpful 
  • have good manners 
  • treat everyone with respect 
  • take responsibility for your own conduct 
  • talk to activity leader about anything that worries or concerns you 
  • follow this code of conduct and other rules (including the law) 
  • join in and have fun! 
You Should Not: 
  • be disrespectful to anyone else
  • bully other people (online or offline) 
  • behave in a way that could be intimidating 
  • be abusive towards anyone. 

What Happens if I Decide Not to Follow the Code of Conduct? 

This code of conduct is part of our process for making sure everyone who takes part in our services receives the support they need. 

Minor or First-time Incident 

If you behave in a way that doesn’t follow our conduct code, our staff or volunteers will remind you about it and ask you to comply with it. They will give you an opportunity to change your conduct. 

This gives you the chance to think and to plan how you could behave differently, with support from staff and/or volunteers. 

Formal Warning

If you continue not to follow the code of conduct after your first reminder, or if your conduct is more serious, you will be given a formal warning by the person running the activity.

They will make a record about what happened and inform your parents or carers if this is appropriate. They will also talk with you about what happened and agree what support you need to improve your conduct in the future. 

We may also decide that a sanction is appropriate such as restricting you from taking part in some activities.

Final Warning

If the support we have put in place isn’t helping you to change your conduct, we may need to give you a final warning. This will be recorded and we’ll inform your parents or carers as appropriate.

At this point, we may need to talk with you and your parents or carers about other services that might be more able to give you the support you need.

Child Protection Procedures 

If any member of staff or volunteer becomes concerned that your conduct suggests you may be in need of protection or that you may present a risk of harm to other children and young people, they will follow our child protection procedures. This may involve making a referral to the local authority. 

If child protection procedures are necessary, we will talk this through with you and your parents or carers as soon as possible, unless doing so would put you in danger or interfere with a police investigation. 

The Role of Parents and Carers 

We see parents and carers as valuable partners in promoting positive conduct and will involve them as appropriate.

We will always inform and involve your parents or carers if you receive a formal warning about your conduct, unless doing so would put you in danger.

Last Update: July 2021.