Section One: Responsibility to the Client
1.0: SPI, their members and representatives
have an implicit duty to keep all information, records and
data formed about clients and their premises entirely confidential. No disclosure
may be made to a third party, including any member of the clients own family without the consent of the client
unless it is required by due process of the law.
1.1: The client must be advised of the consequences that
may arise if such information is released.
1.2: Although it is desirable that the client interview is
conducted by two investigators no third party, including
asistants may be present at an interview without prior permission
of the client.
If the client be a woman or child there should be a female
investigator present. If the client is a child then there should be a responsible adult to accompany the child.
1.3: All interviews should be by prior appointment.
If the interviewee refuses to co-operate in any way then
he or she must not be approached further.
1.4: If the interviewee requests to have a third party present
then this request must be honoured.
1.5: SPI members and investigators must not
enter or attempt to enter any private property without the
permission of the owner, tenant, occupier or authorised agent.
1.6: The investigator must at all times be
considerate of the clients privacy and respectful towards
the client and the clients property.
1.7: Due consideration must be given to the
health and welfare of the client.
Section Two: Safety and Security
2.0: All SPI members and representatives on
investigations must co-operate fully with the police and
any other official body, especially in circumstances where it may affect National
2.1: Confidential material must not be made
available in any report unless agreed in writing by the
client. If this permission is not obtained then only an edited report should
be issued. To protect clients in sensitive situations or occupations, names, places and circumstances may have to
be changed or edited.
2.2: If during an investigation it becomes
apparant that a situation is , or is liable to become dangerous.
That is if the situation could result in injury to members of the public
or could damage property then the investigator should notify the appropriate responsible authority immediately.
Section Three: Rules that must be adhered
to on a SPI investigation
3.0: All interviews should be recorded either
electronically or in writing by the investigator, unless
objected to by the client.
3.1: Due credit should always be given to the
original source of any information. Information or data
should not be witheld for the purpose of personal gain either monetary
3.2: Investigators should not discuss their
personal theories or beliefs with any member of the public
or other members of SPI during the course of an Investigation. A report will
be issued when the investigation is completed and all the data has been analysed.
3.3: The excessive use of alcohol or the taking
of drugs during an investigation will not be tolerated,
it is not only unprofessional but could also be very dangerous especially
in some of the older and less safe buildings. If the client offers an alcoholic beverage it may be accepted but
please keep it to ONE drink or leave it until after the investigation is completed. You should not smoke in or around
a clients property without their permission. Please keep smoking to the designated times and areas during an
3.4: SPI members should behave professionally
and sensibly at all times, this does not mean you cannot
laugh and have fun, but please remember the purpose of the investigation.
3.5: Inappropriate use of any type of equipment
(including Ouija boards) will not be tolerated. Please respect
the clients wishes, if they have any objections to any form of equipment
or investigation technique being used, then please do not use it.
3.6: Anyone making derogatory or insulting
remarks racist, sexist, religious, etc. or otherwise harrasing
another member of the group or not adhering to the rules as stated by the
group founders will be banned immediately. Please be respectful of our clients, watch your language, no profanity
in the clients presence.
3.7: When you agree to these terms and conditions
you are stating that you are in good health and not suffering
from any form of heart, breathing, debilitating or dangerous
conditions or illnesses. Pregnant women will not be permitted to attend any of our events. Although we do not foresee
any problems or accidents occurring during your stay with us, unfortunately, sometimes they do happen. Due to the
extreme nature of the events you will be expected to have
your own 3rd party liability insurance, or sign a disclaimer
as our insurance may not cover you in certain conditions or cases. You attend under your own free will with complete
knowledge that Sheffield Paranormal or any of its subsideries, organisers, staff, etc (or any of their insurance
companies) will not be held liable for any accident, loss, injury or death to parties attending an event however caused.
By agreeing to these terms and conditions you further indemnify, Sheffield Paranormal and any of it subsideries,
organisers, staff, etc (and any of their insurance
companies) from any legal liability in respect of any costs,
claims, damages demands, penalties, actions, proceedings, lawsuits, losses or expenses in respect of,
or arising out of, the injury to or death of any person,
or damage to any property arising out of your participation
in the activity
3.8: You are responsible for your own property,
equipment, items of clothing, vehicles or possessions brought
onto the premises and Sheffield Paranormal or any of it subsideries,
or representatives (or any of their insurance companies) will not be held responsible for any accident, loss, theft
or damage to said property, equipment, items of clothing, vehicles or possessions including that left behind. During
your stay with us you will act in a sensible manner and not cause harm to anyone or any property that is not owned
by yourself or them
3.9: In accordance with our insurance cover
no one under the age of 18 is allowed on any Public event.
If you are booking for a group please make sure you are aware of everyone's
We cannot guarantee that you will experience
anything paranormal, we do not guarantee you will see, feel
or hear anything remotely unexplainable during the event. If nothing
happens at all during a paid event no refunds will be given. We do not fabricate anything or make up stories about
Section Four: Audio and Visual Footage,
Voice Recordings and Photographs made and/or taken on an investigation.
4.0: All recordings whether audio or visual
(hereafter referred to as footage), photographs, etc. whether
taken or recorded on SPI equipment or a members (or non member/guests) own
equipment is subject to the following:
All the afore mentioned taken or recorded at a venue, or
in public or private, either during an investigation or
at another time is, by law, the 'Intellectual Property' of
the SPI founder members and/or the venue owners, or the subject appearing on or therein. The person recording the
footage, audio and/or visual, or taking the photographs
is only acting as an agent (and is hereafter referred to as
such) for the SPI founder members and/or the venue owners, or the subject appearing on or therein and must, by law,
make the footage and or photographs readily available to the SPI founder members and/or the venue owners, or the
subject appearing on or therein and will only expect to
be reimbursed for the cost of tapes, CD's and/or photographic
hard copies if required by law. Also, if required by law,
the agent must surrender all copies of said footage or photographs
to the parties involved.
Permission must be obtained from the SPI founder members
and/or the venue owners, and/or the subject before any publication (in part or whole or in any shape or form) is
displayed in public or private whether for monetary gain
or not. This also applies to past members.
Section Five: Use of the Sheffield Paranormal
Investigations (SPI or any AKA).
The use of the Sheffield Paranormal Investigations
name or any of its AKA's (hereafter refered to as SPI) is
strictly forbidden in certain circumstances, and any breach of these
conditions will result in membership being revoked and possible legal action being taken against the person or
persons in breach of said conditions.
These conditions are as follows:
No member should use the SPI name when approaching
any venue with with a view to a possible investigation, they may only state that they are a member of a paranormal
group. Also when approaching said venues please adhere to conditions as set out in section 1 of the Membership Rules and section 1 of the Code of Conduct.
All possible investigation venues must be referred to the
founder members (Brenda Diskin or Mick Timmins) of SPI for for any arrangements to be made. Any breach of this
will result in membership being revoked.
No member must use the SPI name to gain entry
to any premises or for any publicity (of any kind) or for
any talk or demonstration without prior written permission from
the founder members as named above.
No member must use any photographs or footage
pertaining to any of SPI's investigations, no matter how
these were obtained, for any public showing without prior permission
of SPI (please refer to item 1 of the Membership Rules).
No member must ask for, or accept any monetary
payment from any client or venue whatever the circumstances; all offers of payment or payment schedules must be referred
to the founder members of SPI for approval.
No member must carry out any fund raising
or collection of money or goods using the SPI name or its
AKA's, this will not be tolerated and will result in membership
being revoked and prosecution.
No member shall use the SPI name or its AKA's
in the attempt to make anyone believe the group is their
property or creation.
Fraternising with clients or any inappropriate
behaviour with clients or other members of the team during
the course of or, in the case of a client, after the investigation
will not be tolerated.