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Reminder on rule about being respectful - Carers UK Forum

Reminder on rule about being respectful

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Our rule No 1 is Be respectful. I just wanted to remind you all in light of the recent legal case against website Mumsnet. That website recently had to settle a five figure sum with a professional who had been abused and defamed on their forum.

The reason I am reminding us all is that hwoever strong our feelings may be about social workers, politicians etc you must not write comments that could be seen as being offensive or defamatory.

You can read about the Mumsnet case here


1. Be respectful
The forums are a place for people to exchange ideas. Please respect other people's right to disagree with you.
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Matt - I totally agree with this post and am in full agreement with you for posting it.
the most disrespectful writing is in our social services file.
the most disrespectful writing is in our social services file.

Well, the education services are coming a close second Image see:

School report calls pupil 'wally' http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/kent/6675627.stm

Medway Council said an investigation was taking place
A secondary school has apologised after a confidential report book which called pupils names like "ding bat" and "wally" was found lying in a street.
The booklet, produced by The Howard School for boys, in Rainham, Kent, carried a specific message on its front page - "Do not leave lying around".

It was discovered on a pavement by a shopper in Rainham who then revealed its contents to BBC Radio Kent.

The school said it regretted the incident and was reviewing procedures.

The booklet for the 2006-07 academic year included the full names of children, plus notes on educational progression, socialising between pupils and parental issues.

All reports should be written on the basis that they could be shared with parents

Medway Council statement

The woman who found the booklet, who would only give her name as Bernice, told BBC Radio Kent: "I picked it up because it looked interesting and I thought it might be something of importance.

"Then I saw it was a school report, so I put it in my bag. When I got home and looked at it I couldn't believe what I was reading - some of it was scandalous."

It referred to one boy as a "ding bat" who was "away with the fairies", and another as being a "bit of a wally".

One entry also said a particular boy's mother was "quite rough".

Council 'concern'

The Howard School said: "We very much regret that a highly-confidential document about our students has got into the public domain.

"The purpose of the document is to provide targets and strategies for improvement for students in Year 8 to 11, and background information about the new intake."

The local education authority, Medway Council, said it would be investigating a clear breach of how school reports should be compiled.

A statement said: "Our expectation of... written reports is that they should be based on evidence, that they should differentiate fact from opinion, and that they should be expressed in clear and professional language.

"All reports should be written on the basis that they could be shared with parents.

"We are also very concerned that this document ended up where it did," the council concluded Image .

...I bet they are ...if my child was in there I would be making a beeline to my solicitor !!!
Isn't it being 'disrespctful of charity workers/moderators not to reply to carers questions? Noteably the one about officially endorsing the standardised letter.
Hi Lou,

While I take your Point about the lack of response from the Carers UK staff, they are in a difficult position.

This is something that has to be decided by their Board of Trustees (carers), who do not meet as regularly as we can meet on these boards: I for one have no idea when the Trustees will next meet (perhaps someone can help here) or whether the letter has been put to them for discussion. But until they have made that decision, the staff can't really comment.

At least they have allowed the letter to be made as public as possible. However, it has slipped down the board a bit and could be forgotten, so when I've finished posting this I'll stick a short message on it to refresh its position. We need to keep the letter up front!