Receiving feedback and responding to complaints is an important part of improving Standing Start Solutions accountability. Ensuring our stakeholders can hold us to account will improve the quality of our work in all areas.
This policy applies to Standing Start Solutions. A complaint can be made by any participant, personnel, supporter, partner organisation, community or individual with whom we work, or any member of the public whether an individual, company or other entity.
A complaint is an expression of dissatisfaction about the standards of service, actions or lack of action, by Standing Start Solutions or its personnel. It is a criticism that expects a reply and would like things to be changed. Complaints could include the following (which is not an exhaustive list):
- Concern from someone we work with about the quality of programme delivery
- Concern about the behaviour of participants or personnel
A complaint must be about some action for which Standing Start Solutions is responsible or is within our sphere of influence.
A complaint is not:
- A general inquiry about Standing Start Solutions work
- A request for information
- A contractual dispute
- A request to amend records e.g. to correct an address, cancel a donation
- A request to unsubscribe from a Standing Start Solutions service e.g. a campaign newsletter or email
The complaints procedures do not apply to complaints that are subject to current investigation by any regulatory body or other legal or official authorities in the UK or other countries in which we operate. Such issues will be dealt with by the relevant regulatory body.
Procedures for making a complaint
It is hoped that most complaints or concerns about Standing Start Solutions work or behaviour can and will be dealt with informally by personnel. However, it is recognised that not all issues can be resolved in this way and that a formal complaints mechanism is required for those occasions when an individual or organisation wishes to make their complaint a matter of record and to receive a formal response.
How to make a complaint
All formal complaints should be made in writing either directly from the individual or organisation making the complaint or via someone acting on their behalf. See below for details about to whom to address a complaint.
Who can make a complaint?
This policy is global in application. A complaint can be made by:
- Any supporter
- Partner organisation
- Community or individual with whom we work
- Any member of the public whether an individual, company or other entity in the UK or around the world.
Who is not covered by this policy?
Complaints relating to serious incidents such as fraud and corruption or safeguarding concerns will be dealt with through the relevant policy and procedures.
How to make a complaint
Pen-y-Graig Ancient Woodland. Glyn Road, Penallt, Monmouthshire, Wales. NP25 4AP.
Tel. +44 (0)7813 299039