Social Media Policy

The Forensic Network and School of Forensic Mental Health do not use social media every day, only when we believe we have something to tell you that we think you might find useful. While we are using social media we will try to monitor relevant activity during the working hours of 9am-5pm, but this is not guaranteed. Social Media may occasionally be unavailable and we accept no responsibility for lack of service due to ‘Twitter’ downtime.

The Forensic Network Team are responsible for operating this social media policy and for posting messages.

Our Policy

You can view the tweets of the organisations we follow on the home page, and we will update this list from time to time.

  • We will use Twitter to highlight events and opportunities facilitated by the Forensic Network and School of Forensic Mental Health. We may also share information relevant to professionals around good practice or direct professionals to information they may find relevant by ‘retweeting’ information from other official organsiations. A ‘retweet’ is not an endorsement from the forensic network or SoFMH.
  • If you send us a direct message (@replies), we cannot guarantee that we will be able to reply.
  • The Forensic Network and School of Forensic Mental Health take no responsibility for the content of tweets or messages from third parties.

You are welcome to provide feedback on this policy or on any aspect of the Forensic Network and School of Forensic Mental Health by sending us an email.

Official Communications

If your communication is of an official nature, please use our standard communication channels, rather than social media. Details are available from our contact us page.

Our commitment is that we will:

  • Only tweet or message with information relevant to our service or forensic services and mental health services in general that may be of interest to professionals in the service.
  • Re-tweet information only from official sources, such as national or local services relevant to our organisation or our partner agencies. The exception to this is when sharing delegate’s opinions from our events, which we may retweet.
  • Try to pick up trends in the social media conversation so we can offer information that is helpful to the widest audience.

In return we ask you to:

  • Think before you tweet or message, as social media are public spaces and others will see your message.
  • Retweet, like and share our information when you can.
  • Tweet and message responsibly to avoid the spread of inaccurate information from unofficial sources
  • Please be polite and we ask that you do not to use abusive, racist or otherwise offensive language. Do not write posts that are unlawful, harassing, defamatory, abusive, threatening, harmful, obscene, profane, sexually suggestive, racist, homophobic, sexist or that incite hatred against any group.
  • A defamatory comment is one that is capable of damaging the reputation of an individual or organisation. If successfully sued you could be liable for damages and costs.
  • The Forensic Network and School of Forensic Mental Health reserves the right to delete any post, at any time, for any reason, and is under no obligation to publish any post submitted.
  • Please do not name other people without their permission. You can state your relationship (‘my wife’, ‘my father’) to the person. The Forensic Network and School of Forensic Mental Health does not allow people to name individuals in their posts. This extends to being able to identify someone by writing personal or professional details about them.
  • Please remember that this is a public forum and avoid publishing any personal or sensitive information for safety purposes.

These rules have been written to help keep contributions honest, constructive, relevant and civil. Following these rules will legally protect both you and the Forensic Network and School of Forensic Mental Health.

Your rights

Your post can be posted on the service ‘Twitter’ and read by anyone. As such, you give up all rights as to how your comment is used.

Freedom of Information

Any content on this Twitter account is considered to be held on behalf of the Forensic Network and School of Forensic Mental Health for the purposes of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, and therefore to be potentially disclosable in response to an FOI request.

Copyright

Do not cut and paste copyrighted material from external websites or documents. Posts we believe may be breaching third party copyright or infringing trademarks will be removed.

Complaints

If you wish to make an official complaint or require a formal response you should contact the Forensic Network and School of Forensic Mental Health in writing.