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Disputes and Appeals

Occasionally disputes between club members or officials can occur. These are normally best resolved informally through discussion within the club through either compromise or agreement. If an informal resolution is not possible, parties may feel that they need to resort to a more formal process to resolve the issue. A formal process should only be adopted once resolution through informal discussion has failed. 

The following gives guidance on how to achieve this in a manner which is fair to all parties. 

In dealing with the dispute you need to make sure you follow your club rules and procedures. It is important for all parties including the club itself that this is done. 

 Any investigation or subsequent hearing should be based on the facts. Any sanction against an individual should be made collectively by the club committee (or appointed sub-committee) and be in line with the clubs rules, be proportionate to the offence and clearly understood by the person under investigation. That person should also have the right of appeal against any decision or sanction. 

A good practise procedure for formal disputes and appeals can be found here.

This is available for clubs to either incorporate into their constitutions or adopt as a procedure. 

All clubs should have a club code of conduct as part of their rules. These set out the standards of behaviour which Clubs themselves and British Canoeing would expect to see in affiliated clubs. A standard Club Code of Conduct Template can be found here.