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Firstly, read the Phab Social Media policy below, then submit your details over on the right.
Once you have done that, your Invite request will go to Mark (Phab Leader) via email.
He will then send you an invite via Facebook Messenger.
You will receive an email from the ‘Phab Leaders’ titled ” Response Required: Please confirm your request for information.”
Click the Confirm my Request button in the email.
So look out for a message on your Messenger app. You can then accept the Invite and start enjoying the Group Chat.
Charity No 283931
Phab Torquay – Social Media Policy
The Charity Commission states that Charity trustees* are responsible for ensuring that those benefiting from, or working with, their charity are not harmed in any way through contact with it. They have a legal duty to act prudently and this means that they must take all reasonable steps within their power to ensure that this does not happen. It is particularly important where beneficiaries are vulnerable persons or children in the community.
Trustees are expected to find out what the relevant law is, how it applies to their organisation, and to comply with it where appropriate. They should also adopt best practice as far as possible. Children are an especially vulnerable group and therefore the Charity Commission is concerned to stress the importance of charities having proper safeguards in place for their protection.
This policy applies to all those involved in Phab, including, but not exclusively, administrators, trustees and committee members, volunteer drivers, parents, young people, and third party suppliers.
Statement of purpose
Most of us use social media in our lives.
For our members and volunteers, social media is a great way to spread the word about Phab. You can use it to talk with other members and volunteers; to share stories and inspire each other; to communicate important news and information or to shout out about our events.
There are loads of fantastic ways social media benefits us but best of all and promote the work of the club.
This Social Media policy explains Phab’s expectations of our club members, volunteers and staff in terms of what you post on social media. It relates to all social media including:
- Where it is specifically identified as a Phab channel, for example, a unit or county Facebook page or Twitter account
- Where it is an adult volunteer’s personal account and they are identifying themselves as a volunteer or member of Phab for example, referring to themselves as a leader or to an activity they have been involved in; or the content amounts to a crime, for example comments which are racist
- A closed or private group
Of course, common sense is often the best way of deciding whether your post is a good idea to share online.
The Social Media policy will guide your decisions and you must make sure you follow it. Ultimately you must follow the Phab Code of Conduct online as well as offline and communicate with others in an open and respectful way.
Ultimately you must follow the Phab Code of Conduct online as well as offline and communicate with others in an open and respectful way.
All adult volunteers using social media must meet the following expectations.
- Follow the Phab Code of Conduct, our policies and procedures. Our Code of Conduct expects that you follow UK legislation. For example, you must not:
- Place a child or adult at risk
- Post content which is illegal
- Use the social media channel to commit a crime
- Social media provides a great platform for positive debate and constructive feedback, including about Phab. We work together to promote Phab’s mission and values. Therefore, you must not:
- Make statements that may damage the reputation of Phab
- Be disrespectful of parents, staff colleagues, volunteers, partners, suppliers or competitors in a social media space.
- Publicly engage in debate where there are alternative, more appropriate channels or spaces to be used eg for complaints follow the complaints process; where a discussion is sensitive or becomes acrimonious this should happen privately.
- Keep Phab confidentiality, respect others’ privacy and follow Data Protection. For example do not:
- Reveal confidential intellectual property or information owned by Phab, or future business plans/partnerships that have not been publically communicated
- Give away confidential information about an individual (such as a volunteer or young member contact) or organisation (such as a partner institution or supplier)
- Post or threaten to post images of someone without their consent; for young members, you must comply with permissions given on the starting form
- Be respectful of others, treating them fairly and with dignity. For example, do not:
- Make offensive or derogatory comments about sex, gender reassignment, race (including nationality), disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief or age
- Use social media to bully or harass another person
- Comply with copyright, making sure that you acknowledge where permission has been given to reproduce something. For example do not:
- Use someone else’s images or written content without permission
- Share publicly a photo that has been shared with you by email or in a closed group
- Maintain Phab’s political neutrality. For example you must not:
- Express a political opinion on behalf of Phab
- Use your position in Phab to influence others to vote for or against one or more political parties
Keep yourself safe online, especially when sharing personal information or photos of your children. For example, be careful about inadvertently sharing personal details, such as photos that would show someone is in a particular location. If you are a parent as well as a volunteer, remember that when you’re sharing photos of your daughter taken when you are volunteering, you still need to comply with this policy.
What happens if I breach this policy?
If you do not follow this policy you may be considered to be in breach. This means Phab will investigate according to the relevant policy and procedures.
What should I do if I think someone has breached this policy?
Always take a screen shot of the relevant posts so that they can be reviewed during the investigation.
What if the comment or content is made by someone who is not a volunteer?
Contributors to social media may include parents, young members and the public. These people are not accountable to this policy. However, they must abide by UK law so, for example, they must not threaten or harass or place a child or young person at risk of harm. Such matters must be reported to the police
In addition, Phab has a duty of care to its volunteers and young members. So if in the reasonable opinion of a relevant Phab staff member or volunteer it is considered that content is harmful, upsetting or otherwise inappropriate, where possible (eg Facebook) the administrator may remove the content.
The leader or administrator should then contact their local commissioner for advice, who may contact HQ for support and guidance.
NOTE: Where you have concerns about the threat of immediate or serious harm to a child or adult you must contact the police and report to the Safeguarding team immediately