At TalkTalk we believe in affordable, fair connectivity for everyone. We recognise that individuals with accessibility requirements or people who, as a result of circumstances, may be vulnerable, may have particular service needs. This policy sets out the services and working practices that we offer to help meet these needs.
For the purpose of this policy Vulnerable Customers are Customers who, as a result of their personal circumstances may be particularly susceptible to harm or detriment. This includes circumstances which impact their ability to make an informed decision, access services or take appropriate action.
We won’t judge a person’s capacity simply on the basis of age, an aspect of behaviour or circumstance, but we recognise that the following circumstances can make a customer more vulnerable:
- Physical or learning disability
- Physical or mental illness
- Low Literacy Levels
- Communication Difficulties
- Significant changes in circumstances such as bereavement
This policy also considers specific needs of individuals with additional accessibility requirements. Whilst not all people with disabilities are vulnerable, we recognise that we may need to make adjustments to enable access to our services.
3.0 TalkTalk Accessibility and Vulnerable Customer Practices
We commit to ensuring the fair and appropriate treatment of our Vulnerable Customers.
As vulnerability does not impact everyone in the same way, we believe each vulnerable customer’s needs should be assessed on an individual basis. We use the following principles as a guide to help determine appropriate support measures:
We make reasonable adjustments to our processes
Customers should be supported in making informed decisions about TalkTalk’s products and services. We will never assume that a customer’s vulnerability means that they do not have the mental capacity to make a decision and we won’t discriminate against someone because of their vulnerability. We will treat vulnerable customers with respect and be understanding and be empathetic to their situation and provide practical support
We may sometimes need to take steps to safeguard customers where their welfare is a concern, or in immediate or imminent danger.
There are many reasons which may cause a customer to be vulnerable and required support will vary based upon an individual’s circumstances. Where we are made aware a customer is vulnerable we will consider reasonable adjustments. Below are some examples of how we may adapt our service.
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Dial 18001 followed by the number you’d like to call (including the area code or international calling code). The call will be connected and you’ll both also be connected to a relay assistant, who can provide text-to-voice and voice-to-text translation for you.
Text Relay is an automated service, so there’s nothing special you need to do when picking up. If you're answering using a textphone, you'll see a message on your display telling you that you’re being connected to a text relay assistant (if the caller is using a telephone) or that you’re connected ‘Text to Text’ (if the caller is using a textphone). If you're answering on a telephone, you will first hear a recorded message saying "please hold for an operator-assisted call from a textphone user". A text relay assistant will then be connected to the call. They will be happy to explain anything you're unsure about, so don't hesitate to ask.
Text Relay calls can be made from any textphone or telephone, including mobiles, so you don’t need any special equipment. If you need a textphone or would like to find out how to turn your computer into a textphone, you can find out how by visiting Next Generation Text Service's website.