Terms and conditions of Your Family, Your Voice membership
Your Family Your Voice’s aims are to:
1. Influence how parents and carers, whose children are subject to, or at risk of state intervention are perceived and portrayed in wider society
2. Work in collaboration with families to influence law, policy practice and service design and delivery in child welfare, child mental health, youth justice and the education system.
The Alliance works towards changing society’s structures, systems and services in order that they:
• Become more open and accountable,
• Are more respectful of all children and adults’ human rights
• Promote effective human functioning
• Encourage healthy relationships and
• Enable individuals and families to have greater control over their own lives.
Our intention is that that any state intervention or service:
• builds upon families’ strengths, rather than undermines their ability to identify and implement solutions;
• provides the support they need to avert crises developing; and
• Promotes the child and their family’s wellbeing.
Expectations of members of the alliance
Members of the alliance are under no obligations to undertake work on behalf of the alliance, members can participate as much or as little as they like. However to be effective we need to be clear that those joining are working collectively to the aims of the organisation and adhering to terms and conditions which have been consulted on and agreed by the advisory group of the alliance.
Members of the alliance bring valuable experience and knowledge to the organisation and this collective experience, in particular that brought by family members, is central to our legitimacy and ability to challenge the way the state engages with families. Membership should not however be seen as a means to address an individual’s own personal circumstances as this would be contrary to, and deflect from the purpose of the alliance. As such members should be clear in separating out their personal opinion as distinct from the organisational opinion on any matter.
Where a person who applies to become a member, or who is an existing member, is considered to have acted consistently in a way that is contrary to the objectives of the alliance, whether as an alliance member or prior to their application to become a member, the alliance reserves the right to terminate or refuse their membership.
Under such circumstances this decision would be made by the chief executive of the Family Rights Group in consultation with the advisory group. If the person was unhappy with this decision they would have recourse to FRG’s complaints policy.
- Membership of the alliance is open to all who share our objectives and are interested in pursuing them.
- Membership is free
- Member’s submissions, postings and responses to all alliance publications remain their own views and are not necessarily the views of the alliance.
- The alliance reserves the right to reject, refuse to publish or remove any communication by a member, or to restrict, suspend or terminate access to all or any part of the alliance’s services with or without prior notice
- All members of the alliance are entitled to attend whole membership meetings held approximately every 6 months and are able to nominate themselves to be on the advisory group
In becoming a member of the alliance I :
- am signing up to the aims and objectives of the alliance as set out above
- Agree to act in a way that is respectful and considerate of the views of others.
- will not do anything to harm the reputation of the alliance
- will respect the governance arrangement of the alliance as regards any actions undertaken on behalf of the alliance
- will ensure that any communication I make on behalf of the alliance complies with our communications policy and has appropriate agreement
- Will uphold the privacy and confidentiality of members of the alliance, with the exception that if concerns arise, these are raised with family Rights Group consistent with the charity’s confidentiality policy
Membership of the advisory group is open to all members through the selection processes set out in the governance document. The advisory group is the strategic and operational support structure to the alliance and a forum for the reception of ideas from the membership –In addition to agreeing to the terms and conditions of membership of the alliance members of the advisory group agree:
- to adhere to the roles and tasks agreed as an advisory group member
- to contributes to communications, events and fundraising working groups, policy etc.
- To engage regularly in the work of the group maintaining attendance and availability
- To be publicly identified as a member of the advisory group and be willing to be named on website
- To be willing to speak on behalf of the alliance
The information you have provided will be held in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
This information will be used for membership purposes and to contact you about alliance projects, news events and services.