Code of Conduct

Berwick Educational Association (BEA) is committed to actively promoting equality, diversity and inclusion. To support this, we have developed a code of conduct for the behaviours and management we would like to foster at our events and meetings. This applies to organisers, guests, speakers, participants and audience members.

Expected Behaviour:

● Treat everyone with respect and consideration.

● Communicate openly and thoughtfully with others and be considerate of the multitude of views and opinions that are different from your own.

● Be respectful and mindful in your critique of ideas.

● Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert BEA staff/trustees if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.

● Respect the rules and policies of the venue hosting this meeting.

Unacceptable Behaviour:

● Harassment and intimidation, including any verbal, written, or physical conduct designed to threaten, intimidate, or coerce another attendee, organisers, or staff;

● Discrimination based on gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin, or culture;

● Physical or verbal abuse of any attendee, speaker, BEA volunteer, service provider or other meeting guest;

● Examples of unacceptable behaviour also include, but are not limited to: inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations; threatening or stalking any meeting participant; sexually harassing any meeting participant;

● Disrespectful disruption of presentations and speeches Consequences


Anyone requested to stop unacceptable behaviour is expected to comply immediately. BEA (or their designee) or security may take any action deemed necessary and appropriate, including immediate removal from the meeting without warning and potentially without refund. BEA reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future meeting.

Reporting Unacceptable Behaviour

If you are the subject of unacceptable behaviour or have witnessed any such behaviour, please immediately notify the BEA Lead Volunteer or the BEA Safeguarding Officer, Jacqui Parkin

Reporting should never be done via social media.