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1 Introduction

1.1 www.wearefamilyadoption.org.uk is a website operated by We Are Family ‘we’ and ‘our’), a charitable incorporated organisation registered with the Charity Commission of England and Wales with charity number 1163318 whose registered address is at 27 Old Gloucester Street, London, WC1N 3AX, United Kingdom.

1.2 These Terms and Conditions of Use set out the terms and conditions on which you may use our website, www.wearefamilyadoption.org.uk (‘our Website’).

1.3 By using our Website, or by submitting material to us (whether unsolicited or solicited by us), you confirm that you accept these Terms and Conditions of Use and that you agree to comply with them. If you are a member of We Are Family, you also agree to comply with relevant provisions of We Are Family’s Terms and Conditions of Membership.

1.4 Our Privacy Notice sets out the terms on which we process any personal data we collect from you or that you provide to us.

2 Changes to these Terms and Conditions of Use

We may revise these Terms and Conditions of Use at any time. You should check them from time to time to take notice of any changes we make, as they are binding on you immediately from introduction. Some of the provisions contained in these Terms and Conditions of Use may also be superseded by provisions or notices published elsewhere on our Website.

3 Changes to our Website

3.1 We may update our Website from time to time and may change the content at any time.

3.2 We do not guarantee that our Website, or any content on it, will be free from errors or omissions. You are responsible for satisfying yourself about the accuracy of all content on our Website.

4 Using our Website

4.1 Our site is made available free of charge.

4.2 We do not guarantee that our Website, or any content on it, will always be available or that access will be uninterrupted. Access to our Website is permitted on a temporary basis. We may suspend, withdraw, discontinue or change all or any part of our Website without notice. We will not be liable to you if for any reason our Website is unavailable at any time or for any period. From time to time, we may restrict access to some parts of our Website, or our entire Website, to users who have registered with us.

4.3 Our Website is intended for people resident in the United Kingdom. We do not represent that content available on or through our Website is appropriate or available in other locations. We may limit the availability of our Website or any service or product described on our Website to any person or geographic area at any time. If you choose to access our Website from outside the United Kingdom, you do so at your own risk.

5 Prohibited uses

You may not use our Website:

  1. in any way that breaches any applicable local, national or international law or regulation;
  1. in any way that is unlawful or fraudulent, or has any unlawful or fraudulent purpose or effect;
  1. for the purpose of harming or attempting to harm children in any way; or
  1. to transmit, or procure the sending of, any unsolicited or unauthorised advertising or promotional material or any other form of similar solicitation (spam).

6 User-generated material

6.1 If you submit material to our Website (for example, blogs or comments), whether unsolicited or solicited by us, you confirm that any factual content of such material is accurate and that any opinions are genuinely held.

6.2 You confirm that any material you submit to our Website:

  1. is not defamatory, offensive, obscene, indecent or insensitive;
  1. does not infringe any copyright or other intellectual property right of any other person;
  1. is not likely to deceive any person;
  1. does not breach any legal duty owed to a third party (for example, a duty to keep something confidential);
  1. will not disrupt the operation of our Website in any way; and
  1. does not give the impression that it originates from us where this is not the case.

6.3 We reserve the right to edit, reject or remove any or all of your material at any time at our sole discretion. We do not guarantee that your material, or any part of it, will be displayed on our Website. Any material is published at our sole discretion.

6.4 We do not endorse any material you submit to or publish on our Website, or any opinion, statement, or advice expressed by anyone using our Website in any such material.

6.5 You also waive all ‘moral rights’ in anything you submit to our Website (‘moral rights’ are defined in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988).

7 Intellectual property rights

7.1 Unless otherwise specified, we are the owner or the licensee of all intellectual property rights in our Website, and in anything published on it.

7.2 You may print copies of and may download extracts from any page(s) from our Website for your non-commercial personal or educational use and you may draw the attention of others within any organisation you are a part of to content posted on our Website. You must not modify the paper or digital copies of any content you have printed or downloaded in any way, and you must not use any illustrations, photographs, video or audio sequences or any graphics separately from any accompanying text. Our status (and the status of any identified contributors) as authors of content on our Website must always be acknowledged.

7.3 If you print, copy or download any part of our Website in breach of these Terms and Conditions of Use, your right to use our Website will cease immediately and you must, at our option, return or destroy any copies you have made and delete any downloads.

7.4 You must not use any part of the content on our Website for commercial purposes without obtaining a licence to do so from us or our licensors. Any permission to reproduce content from our Website does not extend to any content that is identified as being the copyright of a third party. Authorisation to reproduce such content must be obtained from the copyright holders concerned. Any content reproduced in accordance with this provision must be reproduced accurately and not used in a misleading context.

8 Limitation of liability

8.1 The content of our Website is provided without any guarantees, conditions or warranties as to its accuracy. We Are Family will not be liable for any damages, including indirect or consequential damages, or the loss of data or profits, arising from or in connection with the use, inability to use, results from the use of our Website, any websites linked to it and any materials posted on it, or the submission of any material, whether unsolicited or solicited by us, whether in contract, tort or otherwise to the fullest extent permitted by law.

8.2 This does not affect our liability for death or personal injury arising from our negligence, nor our liability for fraudulent misrepresentation or misrepresentation as to a fundamental matter, or any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.

9 Disclaimer

Nothing on our Website, including information about We Are Family, is intended to amount to advice on which reliance should be placed and all such content is provided for information purposes only. We therefore disclaim all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on such content by any visitor to our Website, or by anyone who may be informed of any of its content.

10 Viruses

We do not guarantee that our Website will be secure or free from bugs or viruses. You are responsible for configuring your information technology, computer programmes and platform to access our Website. You should use your own virus protection software.

11 Linking to and from our Website

11.1 Where our Website contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only. We have no control over the content of those sites or resources and we accept no liability for any products, services, materials or information contained on or available through linked websites or otherwise provided by any other business/organisation referred to on our Website. These links are provided purely for your convenience but we do not endorse the material on these third party websites. We will not be liable for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them.

11.2 You may only create a link to our Website with our prior written permission. We reserve the right to remove any permission to link to our Website at any time without notice.

12 Waiver

No failure or delay by us to exercise any right or remedy provided under these Terms and Conditions of Use or by law shall constitute a waiver of that or any other right or remedy, nor shall it preclude or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy. No single or partial exercise of such right or remedy shall preclude or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy.

13 Jurisdiction and applicable law

13.1 The English courts will have exclusive jurisdiction over any claim arising from, or related to, a visit to our Website.

13.2 These Terms and Conditions of Use and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with them or their subject matter (including non-contractual disputes or claims) shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of England and Wales.

Contact us

If you would like to contact us to discuss our Website, please email hello@wearefamilyadoption.org.uk.

Last updated: April 2021