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Ethics and Standards of Behaviour

Neighbourhood Watch Aims to Build Safer, Stronger and More Resilient Communities

To further these aims and to ensure public confidence in Neighbourhood Watch, members should adhere to these ethics and standards of behaviour, and policies adopted by the Neighbourhood Watch Network.

Selflessness

Members will act in the interest of your local community.

                                                                 

Honesty and integrity

Members will be truthful, honest, and trustworthy and will act with integrity.

They will: -

  • Not offer or accept gifts, hospitality or services which could imply an improper obligation.

  • Avoid any situation where a conflict of interest may arise or exist between you and/or other parties and/or Neighbourhood Watch.

  • Operate in a financially responsible and transparent manner, ensuring that records are kept of any expenses, fees, costs, gifts, and gratuities relating to Neighbourhood Watch.

 

Fairness, Respect, and Courtesy

Members will treat everybody with respect and courtesy and act with fairness and impartiality.

  • Members will deal with other Neighbourhood Watch members, the public and other organisations in an honest, fair, and respectful manner.

 

Leadership, Objectivity, and Openness

Members will show empathy and encouragement and give direction and support to others.  They will make choices based on facts and be open and transparent in their actions and decisions.

Responsibilities and Accountability

Members will be visible within, and supportive of their community, helping to build resilience and trust.  They will take responsibility for their decisions, actions, and omissions.

  • Members will challenge, and where necessary, report unlawful or otherwise unfair or discriminatory behaviour or practice or other breaches of the Code of Ethics by Neighbourhood Watch members.

 

Confidentiality

Members will treat information with respect and in accordance with the law.

They will: -

  • Respect other people’s privacy.

  • Ensure that they use personal information in compliance with Data Protection legislation.

 

Equality and Diversity

Members will not discriminate unlawfully or unfairly.

They will: -

  • Treat people fairly and with respect regardless of race, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership, pregnancy, maternity or paternity, religion or belief, age or disability.

  • Respect the rights of all individuals and make reasonable adjustments to ensure the Neighbourhood Watch activity is inclusive for all members of their local community.

 

Conduct

Members will behave in a manner that does not bring discredit upon Neighbourhood Watch or Neighbourhood Watch partners or undermine public confidence.

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