Update to Club Anti-Bullying Policy

Dear all,

I am getting in touch to introduce myself at the Club Welfare Officer and I am here to support all players, coaches, volunteers and parents of players.

I would also like to take this opportunity to share with you Ealing Hockey Club’s recently updated anti-bullying policy (Club Governance | Ealing Hockey Club). Please take a few minutes to read it and as it applies to all involved with the Club.

The Policy gives details of what is bullying, procedures and outcomes, as well as lots of other useful information.

Many thanks

Datinder Lotay

Club Welfare Officer

ANTI-BULLYING POLICY

Statement of Intent

We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all our members so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our club. If bullying does occur, all members 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 staff.

What Is Bullying?

Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person. Bullying results in pain and distress to the victim.
Bullying can be:

  • Emotional – being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding books, threatening gestures)
  • Physical – pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence
  • Racist – racial taunts, graffiti, gestures
  • Sexual – unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments
  • Homophobic – because of, or focussing on the issue of sexuality
  • Verbal – name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing
  • Cyber – All areas of internet, such as email & internet chat room misuse
    Mobile threats by text messaging & calls
  • Misuse of associated technology, i.e. camera &video facilities

Why is it Important to Respond to Bullying?

Bullying hurts. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Everybody has the right to be treated with respect. Members who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving.

Clubs have a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to issues of bullying.

Objectives of this Policy

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

All managers, coaches and officials should know what the club policy is on bullying, and follow it when bullying is reported.

All members 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. Members and parents should be assured that they will be supported when bullying is reported.
Bullying will not be tolerated.

Signs and Symptoms

A child may indicate by signs or behaviour that he or she is being bullied. Adults should be aware of these possible signs and that they should investigate if a child:

  • changes their usual routine
  • is unwilling or does not want to go to club
  • becomes withdrawn anxious, or lacking in confidence
  • starts stammering
  • feels ill before training sessions
  • begins to do poorly in club work
  • comes home with clothes torn or training equipment damaged
  • as possessions which are damaged or ” go missing”
  • asks for money or starts stealing money (to pay bully)
  • as unexplained cuts or bruises
  • becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable
  • is bullying other children or siblings
  • is frightened to say what’s wrong
  • gives improbable excuses for any of the above

These signs and behaviours could indicate other problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility and should be investigated

Procedures
1. Report bullying incidents to your coach or the welfare officer (Datinder  Lotay welfare@ealinghockey.co.uk

  1. Incidents will be recorded by the committee/welfare officer.
  2. Parent will be informed and may be asked to come in to a meeting to discuss the problem
  3. If necessary and appropriate, police will be consulted
  4. The bullying behaviour or threats of bullying must be investigated and the bullying stopped quickly.
  5. An attempt will be made to help the bully (bullies) change their behaviour

Outcomes

1) The bully (bullies) may be asked to genuinely apologise. Other consequences may take place.

2) In serious cases, suspension or even exclusion will be considered

3) If possible, the members will be reconciled

4) After the incident / incidents have been investigated and dealt with, each case will be monitored to ensure repeated bullying does not take place.

This policy is based on Kidscapes Anti Bully Policy for schools. Visit the Kidscape website www.kidscape.org.uk for further support, links and advice.

HELP ORGANISATIONS:

Advisory Centre for Education (ACE) 0808 800 5793

Children’s Legal Centre 0845 345 4345

KIDSCAPE Parents Helpline (Mon-Fri, 10-4)0845 1 205 204

Parentline Plus 0808 800 2222

Youth Access 020 8772 9900

Bullying Online www.bullying.co.uk