Anti-Bullying Policy

 

Statement of Intent

We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our members so they can participate in football in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our club. If bullying does occur, all club members or parents should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. We are a TELLING club. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell the Club Welfare Officer or any committee member. This club is committed to playing its part to teach players to treat each other with respect.

Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person.

Bullying causes pain and distress to the victim.

Bullying can be:

Emotionalbeing unfriendly, excluding (emotionally and physically), sending hurtful text messages, tormenting

Physical – pushing, kicking, hurting and the use of violence

Sexualunwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments

Discriminatoryracial taunts, graffiti, gestures, homophobic comments, jokes about disabled people, sexist comments

Verbalname-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing

Cyber bullyingthe use of technology i.e. mobile phones or the internet (social networking sites, chat rooms, instant messenger, tweets), to deliberately upset someone

Emotional and verbal bullying is more common in football than physical violence. It can also be difficult to cope with or prove.

Within schools,the single most important factor in the prevention of bullying is to have a clear policy to which staff pupils and parents are committed. Therefore it is of paramount importance that Eastham Rangers Junior Football Club develop an anti-bullying policy to which club members,coaching staff,players and parents all subscribe.

Eastham Rangers JFC are prepared to ;

  • take every problem serious
  • support players and their parents
  • investigate every incident
  • talk to bullies and victims separately

Eastham Rangers JFC will not allow bullying to be tolerated and will decide on appropriate action, such as ;

  • obtain an apology from bully or bullies to victim
  • inform parents of bully or bullies
  • insist on the return of items “borrowed” or stolen
  • insist bullies compensate victim
  • hold club discussions about bullying
  • provide support for coach of victim
  • encourage and support bully to change his or her behaviour
  • impose sanctions against bully or bullies e.g. bullies will be excluded
  • hold a follow up meeting with victim’s family to report progress
  • inform all members of club about incident and action taken
  • keep a written record of incident and action taken

Eastham Rangers JFC will ensure every effort is made to eradicate bullying within football. It is important as bullying can result in children or young people becoming vulnerable and isolated. These particular children or young people could then become an easy target for adult abusers.