The Northern Counties Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club

Founded 1943



A Zero Tolerance Approach – No-one should be subjected to intimidation or made to feel alarmed or put in fear of reprisal. Harassment is a criminal offence. To that end the Northern Counties Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club adopts a zero tolerance towards all type of harassment activity including stalking.

Harassment may be defined as causing alarm, distress and anxiety and fear of physical violence or other threat, offensive statements, verbal abuse and threats.

Conduct may include speech, obstruction and so on. As such conduct may involve a criminal offence the police may be involved and it may be that the Northern Counties Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club will defer any action pending the outcome of such investigation and/or prosecution.

The Northern Counties Staffordshire Bull terrier Club expects courtesy and co-operation to be shown towards all Members, Committee and Judges at any Club event.

Whilst the pressure and tensions which arise at competitive level are understood, any aggression or abuse towards those who are simply undertaking their jobs for the benefit and interest of the exhibitor/competitor, the audience and ultimately the dog itself cannot be tolerated.


Overview – The rapid growth of social media technologies combines with their ease of use and pervasiveness make them attractive channels of communication. However, these tools also hold the possibility of a host of unintended consequences. To help you identify and avoid potential issues we have provided some examples of Best Practices, which are intended to help you understand, from a wide range of perspectives, the implications of participation in social media.

Maintain Privacy – Do not post confidential or proprietary information. Do not discuss a situation involving named or pictured individuals on a social media site without their permission. As a guideline, do not post anything that you would not present in any public forum. Ask yourself, would I want to see this published in the newspaper or posted on a billboard tomorrow or ten years from now?

Does it pass the Publicity Test – If the content of your message would not be acceptable for a face-to-face conversation, over the telephone or in another medium, it will not be acceptable for a social networking site.

Think before you post - There’s no such thing as a ‘private’ social media site. Search engines can turn up posts and pictures years after the publication date. Comments can be forwarded or copied. Archival systems save information even if you delete a post. If you feel angry or passionate about a subject it’s wise to delay posting until you are calm and clear-headed.

Understand your personal responsibility – You are personally responsible for the content you publish on blogs or any other form of user-generated content. Be mindful that what you publish will be public for a long time – protect your privacy.

Use of Social Media – Be aware of liability – You are responsible for what you post on your own site and on the sites of others. Individual bloggers have been held liable for commentary deemed to be copyright infringement, defamatory, proprietary, libellous or obscene (as defined by the courts). Be sure that what you post today will not come back to haunt you. Be accurate and make sure that you have all the facts before you post. It’s better to verify information with a source first than to post a correction or retraction later.

Correct mistakes – If you make a mistake, admit it. Be upfront and be quick with your correction. If you’re posting to a blog you may choose to modify an earlier post – just make it clear that you have done so.

Respect others – You are more likely to achieve your goals or sway others to your beliefs if you are constructive and respectful while discussing a bad experience or disagreeing with a concept or person.

Respect your audience – Don’t use personal insults or obscenity and also show proper consideration for others’ privacy and for topics that may be considered sensitive. Users are free to discuss topics and disagree with one another, but be respectful of others’ opinions. 

Take the High Ground – Remember that you’re most likely to build a high quality following if you discuss ideas and situations civilly. Don’t pick fights online.


The first step in a Code of Conduct violation is a written warning, which may put a Club Member on a probationary period that warns the Member that termination from the Club may result from repeated occurrences. If the Member violates the Code again, they will be subject to an SGM on the matter, and termination from the Club may result.