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The Caretakers' Forum is designed for UK based Caretakers and only users from the UK can register.
Terms and Conditions
You must agree to these Terms and Conditions to register and use our forums.
You must be 18 years of age or over to join this forum. In accepting these Terms and Conditions, you absolve the owner from any legal recourse if it turns out you lied about your age at the time of registration.
By accessing The Caretakers' Forum (thereinafter we, us, our), you agree to be legally bound by the following terms. If you do not agree to be legally bound by all of the following terms then please do not access and/or use The Caretakers' Forum. We may change these at any time and we'll do our utmost in informing you, though it would be prudent to review this regularly yourself as your continued usage of The Caretakers' Forum after changes mean you agree to be legally bound by these terms as they are updated and/or amended.
You shall not upload, transmit, distribute or otherwise publish any content which:
Libels, defames, is obscene, pornographic, abusive, or threatening;
Infringes any intellectual property right of any entity or person, including, but not limited to violating anyone's copyrights or trademarks;
Violates any law;
Advocates illegal activity;
Advertises or otherwise solicits funds or is a solicitation for goods or services.
(collectively "Non-Approved Material").
You must agree not to post any material subject to copyright unless the copyright is owned by you or you have consent from the owner of the material (This includes the use of third party avatars and images). To make this clear, you must not copy text directly from another website and paste it into a post on this forum or display images in your posts from another website unless you have permission to do so.
Images posted on these forums by members must be held on server space owned, rented or paid for by the member posting the image. Linking to images held on other servers or websites without obtaining prior written permission from the owner is strictly forbidden. This applies to all images, including avatars. To display an image from another website without the owners permission is regarded as bandwidth theft. If you have purchased or have been given the rights to use an image, ensure that those rights include the re-transmission of that image on a third party website. You must, if asked, provide evidence of the rights to display an image. By posting an image on our forum, you make yourself solely responsible for any claim or action arising from its publication. You may link to images from photo/image uploading sites E.g. Photobucket as long as you own the rights to the images being posted.
You will not use these forums to sell or to promote products, either directly or indirectly, or to carry out any type of market research or any other data collection method aimed to acquire information to focus the sale of products. Companies may not register to post adverts, promote their products and services, nor pretend to be caretakers so as to mislead members.
Members must not add links to promote products or services in their signature or use the Private Message facility to contact other members to promote such activity.
You also agree not to post any slanderous, hateful, threatening, sexually-oriented or any other material that may violate any applicable laws.
Do not post anything that is intended to create or cause arguments (flame wars) between members. We like to keep our forum a friendly place for members to visit. Any inappropriate posts of this nature will be removed and repeated offending will lead to your account being deleted.
You also agree not to post any information about self-harm or suicide.
You must not post anything (including your username) that is likely to offend other peoples religious beliefs, sexual orientation, political views, nationality/race, colour, age, education (or lack of education), chosen way of life or disabilities. This includes links to websites with extreme social/political views that support such discrimination.
You must not use these forums to discuss file sharing, copying of music or video files, cracking encryption, copying computer programs or the copying of ANY other copyright material.
Spam, flooding, advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations are also inappropriate to this forum. This includes Private Messages to members on this forum.
Discussing or linking to sites that contain cracks, Warez and/or any other illegal activity, or has links to such activities is forbidden. Doing so may lead to you being immediately and permanently banned (and your service provider being informed). The IP address of all posts is recorded to aid in enforcing these conditions.
You agree that the webmaster, administrator and moderators of this forum have the right to remove, edit, move or close any topic at any time should they see fit. As a user you agree to any information you have entered above being stored in a database. While this information will not be disclosed to any third party without your consent the webmaster, administrator and moderators cannot be held responsible for any hacking attempt that may lead to the data being compromised. We reserve the right to reveal your identity (or any information we have about you) in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any information posted by you.
Ensure you choose a username that is suitable for the forum. Your account will be deleted if the username is considered to be inflammatory, vulgar, promotional, or rude.
For security reasons, we advise that you do not use your real name when picking a forum username.
Adding Email addresses in posts is not allowed on this forum.
Affiliate based URLs are not allowed on this forum.
Do not create multiple accounts. We have a one user, one account policy. Users who create more than one account with the purpose to deceive other users of their identity will be banned.
Any posts that are critical, negative or of a confrontational nature will be deleted. We want to see useful and helpful posts with forum members being friendly and pleasant toward each other.
While the administrators and moderators of this forum will attempt to remove or edit any generally objectionable material as quickly as possible, it is impossible to review every message. Therefore you acknowledge that all posts made to these forums express the views and opinions of the author and not the administrators, moderators or webmaster (except for posts by these people) and hence will not be held liable.
Reminder for School Caretakers
Please remember, these are public forums and can be accessed by anyone. This includes young people, parents and your employer. What you post can be read out of context, printed off as evidence and/or used to assume or form an opinion about you.
We are a family friendly website. Our moderators will remove/amend any posts that breaks these Terms and Conditions. However, our moderators cannot cover every eventuality and we cannot be held responsible for any consequences resulting from your postings. We advise all our members to keep posts in general terms and not to name specific schools or discuss any identifiable situation that could be used to incriminate the poster at a later date.
You are also reminded that dates and times are shown with your posts and could be used to identify your location at any given time. However, dates and times are taken from the server itself, not the users location and may differ considerably from the actual time in your area. The server time is frequently inaccurate.
We are also aware that many caretakers post on our forums from school using the schools internet connection and computer equipment. If you are in anyway unsure whether your employer is happy for you to use the internet during work time, we recommend that you check with your employer to get their consent before using our forums. Be aware that your school may monitor your usage and keep records of your internet activity. We cannot be held responsible for any consequences resulting from the unauthorised use of school internet connections or equipment whilst visiting/using this site.
Many School Caretakers who use our forum, do so using their schools internet connection. Please do not post anything that is likely to have our website added to a banned url list or filtered due to bad language or inappropriate content.
EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
The GDPR is Europe's framework for data protection laws. The legislation is designed to "harmonise" data privacy laws across Europe as well as give greater protection and rights to individuals.
To comply with the EU GDPR you need to be made aware of the following:
The Caretakers' Forum does hold some personal data which could be used to identify you. This includes email addresses and a users ip address. The sole purpose of this is:
- to manage any registered account that you hold with us;
- to verify your identity;
- to improve the functionality of the forum and to give users a better experience.
In addition to the above, The Caretakers' Forum will also store all of the IP address that you use to post with.
Your IP address maybe used to check your country of origin.
Depending on your preferences, The Caretakers' Forum may send you emails to the email address that you used when you registered or you have subsequently changed, but you are able to change these preferences from your User Control Panel (UCP) at any time should you wish to stop receiving them.
The personal details that you gave us when you signed up will be used solely for the purposes of The Caretakers' Forum board functionality. They will not be used for anything else and neither will they be passed on to any third party without your explicit consent.
The only other information about you is what you decide to post on the forum, whereupon it is considered to be publicly available as it will have been indexed by search engines as well as on-line archive sites.
User controls include:
You have the ability to see any personal information held about you in the 'User Control Panel' at any time.
Within your account, you have the option to opt-in or opt-out of automatically generated emails.
You can see all posts where you may have entered personal data which has become publicly available by clicking on the 'Your Post' link in the forum links menu.
You can request that your account is deleted, all your posts are deleted and any personal information is removed by sending the administrator a Private Message (PM) or by making a request via email by clicking on the "Contact Us" link on the forum (Please allow 24 hours).
Your password is ciphered (a one-way hash) so that it is secure. However, it is recommended that you do not reuse the same password across a number of different websites. Your password is the means of accessing your account, so please guard it carefully and under no circumstance will anyone at The Caretakers' Forum, phpBB or another 3rd party, legitimately ask you for your password. Should you forget your password for your account, you can use the forgot my password feature provided by the forum software. This process will ask you to submit your user name and your email, then the forum software will generate a new password to reclaim your account.
All communication to and from the forum is secure and encrypted using SSL certificated https:// (port 443) using Comodo TLS 1.2, AES with 256 bit encryption (High); ECDH with 256 bit exchange.
By clicking on the agree to these terms button when registering for the forum your acceptance of these terms will be recorded.
Information about cookies
We use files known as cookies on The Caretakers Forum to improve its performance and to enhance your user experience. By using The Caretakers Forum you agree that we can place these types of files on your device.
What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that a website may put on your computer, or mobile device, when you first visit that site or one of its pages.
There are many functions that a cookie can serve. For example, a cookie will help the website, or another website, to recognise your device the next time you visit it. The Caretakers Forum uses the term "cookies" in this policy to refer to all files that collect information in this way.
Certain cookies contain personal information for example, if you click on "remember me" when logging on, a cookie will store your username. Most cookies will not collect information that identifies you, but will instead collect more general information such as how users arrive at and use The Caretakers Website Forum, or a user's general location.
What sort of cookies does The Caretakers Forum use?
Cookies can perform several different functions:
1. Necessary Cookies
Some cookies are essential for the operation of The Caretakers Forum. These cookies enable services you have specifically asked for.
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These cookies may collect anonymous information on the pages visited. For example, we might use performance cookies to keep track of which pages are most popular, which method of linking between pages is most effective and to determine why some pages are receiving error messages.
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These cookies remember choices you make to improve your experience.
The Caretakers Website Forum may also allow third parties to serve cookies that fall into any of the categories above. For example, like many sites, we may use Google Analytics to help us monitor our website traffic.
Can a board user block cookies?
To find out how to manage which cookies you allow, see your browser's help section or your mobile device manual - or you can visit one of the sites below, which have detailed information on how to manage, control or delete cookies.
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