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16 The Guild membership is based on respect, good manners and fair play. The Guild will be a safe and caring environment that is free from violence and harassment to allow every member to develop their full potential.

 

17 The Guild definition of bullying:

 

17.1 Bullying may be defined as the intentional harming or humiliating of another person by physical (including sexual), verbal (including via social media sites and SMS messages), and emotional means (by excluding, tormenting of spreading malicious rumours) that is repeated over time. It can involve manipulation of a third party to tease or torment someone. It can involve complicity that falls short of direct participation. Bullying is often hidden and subtle. It can also be overt and intimidatory.

 

17.2 Bullying may involve actions or comments that are racist, culturally discriminate, homophobic, discriminate of disabilities or of other physical attributes (e.g. hair colour or body shape). Bullying can happen anywhere and at any time and can cause psychological damage. The Guild will always treat reports of bullying with the upmost seriousness.

 

17.3 The membership of a Guild is by nature earthy and banter is to be expected and enjoyed, but should be enjoyed by everyone involved; an exchange becomes bullying when distress is caused to the participants or subject thereof. The distress should be openly mentioned, if necessary to the Beadle, Headmaster or Clerk and bullying behaviours must immediately stop.

 

17.4 At the discretion of the Clerk and Master, Theft or violence by any members can result in removal from the Guild membership, loss of Guild privileges and, if employed by Gildencraft C.I.C. or any future Guild trading arm, dismissal.

 

17.5 Although The Guild is non-judgemental, and, as far as possible, offers to individual members, it holds a duty of care to all members. To this end, any member found to be involved in the supply of illegal drugs or involved in any way with Class A drugs will be expelled from the Guild and the police notified thereof.

 

17.6 Anyone found using cannabis or other intoxicating or hallucinogenic substance whilst on Guild business or under the influence of said substances can be suspended from Guild membership until their case is heard before The Court. First offenders may receive a warning.  Repeat offenders may be removed from the Guild membership and, if employed by Gildencraft CIC or any future Guild trading arm, may be released from their position and, if appropriate, their apprenticeship.

 

17.7 Help can be given to members with drug problems through the Frith system if the Guild Court believe the individual can be helped in this way. The decision lays finally in the hands of the Head Master and Clerk.

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