Code of Practice

DSWA Code of Practice

Code of Conduct

The Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain aims to promote the highest standards of professional practice, responsibility and ethics within the craft of dry stone walling and to support excellence in all aspects of the discipline.   All members of the Association are expected to act in a similar, appropriate manner, especially when practising the craft.

  • Members of The Dry Stone Walling Association are required at all times to uphold the dignity and reputation of the craft of dry stone walling and the Association; meaning, amongst other things, not inappropriately criticising or otherwise denouncing the motives, capabilities or professional standards of other members.
  • Members should always conduct themselves in such ways as are appropriate to gain the respect and confidence of the general public, clients, employers and members of the DSWA and other organisations with whom they are associated. They shall exercise their abilities and discharge their professional or voluntary responsibilities with complete integrity at all times.
  • Members should safeguard the public interest in all matters including safety and health in the conduct of their professional or voluntary duties, including appropriate insurance cover where necessary.
  • Members should recognise that as part of the discipline of dry stone walling they are providing an important contribution to the environment and landscape of the British Isles as well as improving the craft through training and understanding by the general public.
  • Members should take all reasonable and responsible measures to safeguard the environment and its diversity and sustainability; all reasonable steps should be taken to avoid the waste of natural resources and damage to the environment.
  • Members are expected to up hold the Codes of Practice of any other professional or voluntary bodies to which they belong. 

Status and Certification

  • Members shall use only the membership type and level of certification awarded by the Association and must not knowingly misrepresent or misinterpret their membership of the Association in any way.
  • Members should always ensure the quality of their work reflects the level of certification held.
  • The DSWA logo and name may only be used by current, paid-up professional members of the Association.
Professional Development

Members should:

  • Take all reasonable steps to maintain and develop their professional competence and broader aspects of the craft relevant to their career and to disseminate this knowledge where appropriate.
  • Ensure that their practice, expertise, knowledge, skills and techniques are up to date.
  • Promote dry stone walling to both lay and expert audiences, including other professionals not necessarily familiar with the craft of dry stone walling.
  • Encourage those for whom they have responsibility to increase their knowledge and performance and develop their potential through education, suitable training and continuous professional development.

Equal Opportunities
Members should have regard for equality of opportunity for all in the conduct of their professional or voluntary duties and should not knowingly discriminate directly or indirectly on the grounds of sex, marital status, sexual orientation, age, race, ethnic or national origin, religion or disability.
Breaches of the Code of Conduct

Any complaint brought against a member of the Dry Stone Walling Association that constitutes an alleged breach of the Code of Conduct should be reported to the DSWA Office Administrator who will immediately consult with the Association's Chairman. If it is determined that there is an apparent prima facie case, then the Association's Disciplinary Procedure will be invoked. Thereafter the Association's Management Committee has the ultimate responsibility to consider whether or not to remove any member from membership.

DSWA Management Committee (December 2005).    

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