We hope this forum is a great community for people to chat and discuss criminal justice issues, free from nasty comments and people trying to sell to you.
This forum is intended to provide the members with a place in which they can come together to network, share information, ideas and take part in discussions which will promote greater joint working to improve the experience for our clients to encourage them to leave behind their life of crime and ultimately reduce reoffending.
Yet with thousands reading and hundreds posting comments and opinions every day on here, we of course need rules to help keep the place running smoothly and protect our broad church of users.
So here are a few key pointers:
1. Please be nice to all members! That’s the forum motto. Remember the prime aim is to help provide information and resources. If you don’t like someone, their situation, their question, or feel they’re intruding on ‘your board’ then please bite the bullet and think of the bigger issue. We are all committed to reducing reoffending here!
2. Please take part in the discussions. This group is a discussion group and we encourage all members to take part in these discussions and put something 'in' and not just 'take' and of course it takes effort by us all to achieve that, but without a little effort we will not achieve our objectives for the group and the wider benefit of the criminal justice community of which we are all a part.
3. All information is the opinion of posters – it’s not our view. We have an amazing forum with a huge wealth of helpful information. Yet remember it's open to all approved members, and sometimes messages are posted that could be misleading or may even be incorrect. Don't rely on information being accurate or complete. If you do, it's at your own risk. Please do your own research and due diligence before taking any action.
4. We can be liable for what you post. This isn’t a ‘freedom of speech site’ as when you post something not only are you liable, but we can be liable too as the publisher once we have notice of it. So it's not a case of posting what you like – we can delete posts if needed - though of course our aim is to ensure legit information about criminal justice and other social issues remains.
5. Posting is a privilege not a right. This is a privately owned site. Any inappropriate posts or any issues that take up a disproportionate amount of site resources or make it a worse place to be will be stopped at our discretion - with or without explanation. No one pays to use this site; when there are issues we pay to resolve them. And sometimes we need to prioritise spending money on the site, other issues or better resources.
6. Anonymous Posting is possible at the sole discretion of the group managers. We hope that this group will provide our members with a medium in which they can be open and share their ideas and opinions without fear of reprisal in any way. We encourage everyone to express their opinions, whatever that may be so that, together, our members can formulate this information into strategies which will guide future working and improve outcomes for the benefit of all. Should anyone wish to leave an anonymous comment this can be done, although the identity of the contributor will be available to the senior management team and site owners. The identity of the contributor will not be disclosed except where a legally enforceable instruction so to do is served on No Offence CIC. We reserve the right to refuse to post any anonymous comment, should we feel that is in the best interests of the group. All anonymous comments are subject to moderation by the senior management team prior to publication on the forum to ensure compliance with the law and the rules of the group. Membership is at the sole discretion of the group managers. Anyone we feel wants to join the group for the wrong reasons we will not authorise and anyone who has joined the group which we discover was for the wrong reasons, we will eject from the group.
7. No self-promotion. The forum is intended to be a place where we can all share information about the sector in which we all work and also information about other organisations or interventions we wish to share with other members. The forum is not intended for any individual or organisation to self-promote or advertise products or services unless expressly invited to do so by the senior management team in a specific promotion opportunity, and anything which we deem to be self-promotion or advertising we will delete. In addition directing to other groups is not permitted and will be deleted when found. In the case of repeated entries, we will make contact with the person making the submission to ask that they refrain from these postings and failure to comply will result in ejection from the group. Members can promote themselves and their organisations or events through the Promotions area of the No-Offence.org website, for which No Offence CIC reserve the right to levy a small charge to contribute to the maintenance and management of the site.
Please do not hesitate to make contact with us should you have any reason to question any of these group rules or if you would like to suggest others to add in. Our motivation is purely for the benefit of the group.
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