Little Scrummers Rugby Anti-Bullying Policy  

The Individual
 
Respect every child/young person’s need for, and rights to, an environment where safety, security, praise, recognition and opportunity for taking responsibility are available.
 
Respect every individual’s feelings and views. 

Recognise that everyone is important and that our differences make each of us special. 
Show appreciation of others by acknowledging individual qualities, contributions 
and progress. 

Ensure safety by having rules and practices carefully explained and displayed for 
all to see.
 
Bullying
 
Bullying will not be accepted or condoned. All forms of bullying will be addressed. 

Bullying can include: 
physical pushing, kicking, hitting, pinching etc.
name calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, persistent teasing and emotional torment through ridicule, humiliation and the continual ignoring of individuals.
sectarian/racial taunts, graffiti, gestures.
sexual comments and/or suggestions.
unwanted physical contact. 

Children from ethnic minorities, disabled children, young people who are gay or lesbian, or those with learning difficulties are more vulnerable to this form of abuse and may well be targeted 
Everybody has the responsibility to work together to stop bullying – the 
coach/volunteer, the parent/guardian, the child/young person, the official 
Commitment to the early identification of bullying and prompt, collective action to 
deal with it.

Policy and practice should be agreed through consultation with your local Local Safeguarding Children Board, staff/volunteers, parents/guardians and children/young people 
Policy and practice should be reviewed regularly in the light of changing needs and 
changes adopted by other agencies (e.g. schools/clubs) 
Coaches/volunteers should have access to appropriately trained staff for support 
when dealing with bullying. 

Support to the child/young person 

Children/young people should know who will listen to and support them.
 
Any advice and assistance should be given by an experienced coach/volunteer.
 
Children/young people should have access to Helpline numbers.
 
Children/young people should be told what is being recorded, in what context 
and why.
 
Systems should be established to open the door to children/young people wishing 
to talk about bullying or any other issue that affects them. Barriers to talking need 
to be broken down to enable children/young people to approach adults.
 
Anyone who reports an incident of bullying will be listened to carefully and be 
supported, whether it’s the child/young person being bullied or the child/young 
person who is bullying.
 
Any reported incident of bullying will be investigated objectively and will involve 
listening carefully to all those involved.
 
Children/young people being bullied will be supported and assistance given to 
uphold their right to play and live in a safe environment which allows their healthy 
development.
 
Those who bully will be supported and encouraged to stop bullying.
 
Sanctions involving long periods of isolation, or which diminish and make 
individuals look or feel foolish in front of others, should be avoided. 


Support to the parents/guardians 

Parents/guardians should be advised on policies and procedures in relation to 
Bullying. 

Any incident of bullying will be discussed with the child/young person’s 
parents/guardians. 

Parental/guardian advice on action will be sought and agreements made as to what 
action should be taken 

Advice on coping with bullying should be given 

Support should be offered to parents/guardians including information on other 
agencies or support lines. 


Useful Contacts 
Childline- 0800 1111 www.childline.org.uk 
NSPCC Helpline- 0808 800 5000 
www.there4me.com (an online service for young people) 
Kidscape- 020 7730 3300 www.kidscape.org.uk 
Parentline Plus www.parentlineplus.org.uk