Anti-Bullying Policy

What is Bullying?


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

Bullying can be:

  • EMOTIONAL being unfriendly, excluding (emotionally and physically) sending hurtful text messages, tormenting, (e.g. hiding football boots/shin guards, threatening gestures)

  • PHYSICAL pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence

  • SEXUAL unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments

  • DISCRIMINATION racial taunts, graffiti, gestures, homophobic comments, jokes about disabled people, sexist comments,

  • VERBAL name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing


This club commits to ensure our website and/or social networking pages are being used appropriately and any online bullying will be dealt with swiftly and appropriately in line with procedures detailed in this policy.

 

This club has a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to issues of bullying.

 

Objectives of this Policy:

  • All club members, coaches, officials and parents should have an understanding of what bullying is.

  • All club members, officials and coaching staff should know what is the club policy is on bullying, and follow it when bullying is reported.

  • All players and parents should know what the club policy is on bullying, and what they should do if bullying arises.

  • As a club we take bullying seriously, Players and parents should be assured that they would be supported when bullying is reported.

  • Bullying will not be tolerated.

 

Procedures : 

  • Report bullying incidents to the Club Welfare Officer or a member of the clubs committee or contact the County FA Welfare Officer

  • In cases of serious bullying, the incidents will be referred to the county FA Welfare Officer for advice and possibly to the FA Case Management Team

  • Parents should be informed and will be asked to come in to a meeting to discuss the problem

  • If necessary and appropriate, the police will be consulted

  • The bullying behaviour of threats of bullying must be investigated and the bullying stopped quickly

  • An attempt will be made to help the bully/bullies change their behaviour

  • If mediation fails and the bullying is seen to continue the club will initiate disciplinary action under the club constitution

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