Bullying and Harassment Policy


SOSKAN  believes that its members have the right to be treated with courtesy, dignity, fairness and respect at all times so is committed to protecting its members from bullying and harassment. It recognises that harassment and bullying can have a detrimental effect upon the health, confidence and performance of those affected by it, and will not tolerate any behaviour that constitutes harassment or bullying.


Bullying may be characterised as offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, or an abuse or misuse of power intended to undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the recipient.

Harassment is the unwanted conduct, which has the purpose or effect of violating an individual’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual.

What would not necessarily be regarded as bullying and harassment are:
Healthy discussion and disagreement which is carried out within the bounds of respect and dignity
Management of personal accountability and performance within regiments,
Conflicts and problems in relationships associated with the business and activities of the Association, although this does not allow members to refuse to follow reasonable instructions, particularly in the field of health and safety, because they do not agree with the instructions being given.

The key to deciding whether harassment or bullying has occurred is that the actions or comments are unwanted, uninvited and unreciprocated and are viewed as demeaning and unacceptable to the recipient. The main consideration in is the impact on the recipient, not the intention of the perpetrator.  
It is therefore important to understand that what one person finds acceptable another may find totally unacceptable.

Responsibilities of Members

Members should at all times uphold and promote standards, rules and practices that encourage a friendly and respectful climate and enable members to deal appropriately with stress and healthy conflict should it arise.
They must refrain from harassment, abuse, intimidation or victimisation of any individual, and treat members and the public with dignity and respect.

Examples of Bullying and Harassing behaviour
The following gives examples and is not intended to be an exhaustive list:

Physical Conduct
Intimidatory, threatening behaviour, shouting, uncontrolled anger, abuse
Jostling or assault, or other non-accidental physical contact, e.g., slamming a door in one’s face.

Verbal Conduct
Destructive criticism, sarcasm, refusal of reasonable requests.
Shouting at someone
Criticising a members’ performance in front of others.
Spreading rumours or making allegations, with malicious intent or in bad faith.
Excluding others by talking solely to third parties to isolate another.
Open hostility.
Persistent negative attacks on a member’s personal or re-enacting performance.

Non-verbal Conduct
Exclusion from essential information,
Taking credit for another person’s ideas
Undervaluing another member’s contribution.

Cyber-bullying uses information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behaviour by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others. Resources include the Internet, the members forum on the website, mobile phones, or other devices. It may take the form of the display or sending of offensive letters, publications, graffiti, jokes, pictures, making malicious comments and gossip.

Race or ethnecicity
Religion or Belief
Health status
Marital status
Political conviction
Derogatory nicknames, remarks or jokes or name calling
Threatening behaviour.
Open hostility towards a particular person.

The following lists detail examples but are not intended to be exhaustive:
Unwanted, non-accidental physical contact ranging from unnecessary touching (e.g., patting, pinching ) to assault.
Lewd comments, leering, whistling, or making sexually-suggestive comments or gestures/ innuendos.
The display of pornographic or sexually suggestive pictures, objects or written materials.
Conduct that denigrates or ridicules an individual because of his or her gender or sexual orientation
Undermining an individual’s contribution or experience because of their gender.