Managing customer contact in a fair and positive way

We aim to deal fairly and consistently with all our customers, including those whose actions we consider unacceptable. We believe that all customers have a right to be heard, understood and respected.

We aim to provide a service that is accessible to all and will make every effort to accommodate the needs of our customers. The behaviour or actions of customers using our service can sometimes make it difficult for us to deal with their issue or complaint.

This policy explains how we treat customers in a fair and positive way while managing actions that result in unreasonable demands on our services or on our staff.

The policy is required to address a very limited number of cases where actions become unacceptable as they involve abuse of our staff, stop us doing our work or providing a service to other customers. This policy explains how we may restrict or change access to a service when we consider a customer’s actions to be unacceptable. This is to ensure we can protect our staff and the services we provide to our customers.

Unacceptable actions are grouped under the following four headings with further details below:

  • aggressive or abusive behaviour
  • unreasonable demands
  • unreasonable levels of contact
  • unreasonable use of the complaints process