Anti-Bullying Policy

Ensure safety by having rules and practices carefully explained and displayed for all to see.

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