Breaches of Policies by Staff and Volunteers
Any breaches of the Code of Practice will be raised with the individual concerned. In the case of staff, serious breaches of the code or policy will be dealt with under the disciplinary procedure and could result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.
In the case of volunteers, serious breaches of the code or policy will be dealt with under the complaints against volunteers procedure in the Volunteer Policy and could result in disciplinary action up to and including a termination of the volunteering relationship.
Any allegation will be investigated confidentially in order to safeguard the rights of the person against whom allegations have been made.
Investigations will be carried out quickly and will be conducted in accordance with the principles of natural justice:
-The right to a fair hearing
-The rule against bias
If so, the issue will be handled according to the disciplinary procedure.
If not, the complainant will be told the outcome of the investigation and that the matter will not be taken any further. The individual will retain the right to pursue the matter under the complaints procedure, or grievance procedure as appropriate.