SOUTHWELL RUNNING CLUB
Statement of Intent
We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our members so that they can participate in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our club. If bullying does occur, all runners 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 Children’s Officer or any committee member.
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 (emotionally and physically), sending hurtful text messages, tormenting
- Physical - pushing, kicking, punching or any use of violence
- Racist - racial taunts, graffiti, gestures
- Sexual - unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments
- Homophobic - because of, or focusing on the issue of sexuality
- Verbal - name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing
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. Runners who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving
This club has a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to issues of bullying.
Objectives of this Policy
- All committee members, coaches, runners, parents and club members should have an understanding of what bullying is.
- All committee members and coaching staff should know what the club policy is on bullying and follow it when bullying is reported.
- All runners and parents should know what the club policy is on bullying and what they should do if bullying arises.
- As a club we undertake bullying seriously. Runners and parents should be assured that they would be supported when bullying is reported.
- Bullying will not be tolerated.
Signs and Symptoms
A runner may indicate by signs or behaviour that he or she is being bullied. Other members and parents should be aware of these possible signs and they should investigate if a member:
- Says they are being bullied
- Is unwilling to go to club sessions
- Becomes withdrawn and anxious or lacking in confidence
- Feels ill before training sessions
- Comes home with clothes torn
- Has possessions go ‘missing’
- Asks for money or starts stealing money (to pay bully)
- Has unexplained cuts or bruises
- Is frightened to say what is wrong
- Gives improbable excuses for any of the above
In more extreme cases
- Starts stammering
- Cries themselves to sleep at night or has nightmares
- Becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable
- Is bullying other children or siblings
- Stops eating
- Attempts or threatens self harm, suicide or runs away
These signs and behaviours may indicate other problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility and should be investigated.
- Report bullying incidents or suspicions of bullying to the club Children’s Officer or a member of the committee.
- In cases of serious bullying, the incidents will be referred to UK: A for advice.
- Parents will be informed and asked to come to a meeting to discuss the problem.
- If necessary and appropriate, police will be consulted.
- The bullying behaviour or threats of bullying must be investigated and the bullying stopped quickly.
- An attempt will be made to help the bully change their behaviour.
- If mediation fails and the bullying is seen to continue the club will initiate disciplinary action under the club constitution.