Anti-bullying Policy

ANTI-BULLYING POLICY

At Bexley Rugby Football Club we aim to create a safe and secure sporting environment where individuals treat each other with respect and understanding. Bullying will not be tolerated at all in our Club. Bullying will be taken seriously, responded to promptly, and procedures followed to deal with the situation. It is the responsibility of every adult working in Rugby Union whether professional or volunteer, to ensure that all young people can enjoy the sport in a safe enjoyable environment. Aims • To create a positive ethos within the Club based on mutual respect and trust • To recognize what bullying is and to provide effective measures to address bullying

What is bullying? A child may indicate by signs or behaviour that he or she is being bullied. Children and Young People have described bullying as: • Being called names • Being teased • Being hit, pushed, pulled, pinched, or kicked • Having their bag, mobile or other possessions taken • Receiving abusive text or social media messages • Being forced to hand over money. • Being forced to do things they do not want to do • Being ignored or left out • Being victimised or attacked because of religion, gender, sexuality, disability, appearance or ethnic or racial origin Bullying is deliberately hurtful behaviour, which results in the victim feeling distressed. Bullying occurs when this behaviour is exercised using power rather than an exchange between equals. This power may be due to greater physical or psychological strength or greater numbers. Bullying cannot be ignored; it won’t just go away. Bullying can affect both adults and children.

Establishing a positive club ethos Bexley RFC will combat bullying by the creation of a positive and inclusive Club ethos. This begins with how everyone in the Club treat each other, with respect and understanding, even in difficult situations. When concerns are expressed by any member of the club, they are always listened to carefully and taken seriously. We promote and follow the RFU Code of Conduct and everyone involved in rugby whether as a player, coach, referee, administrator, parent or spectator is expected to uphold the Core Values of our sport:

Teamwork Respect Enjoyment Discipline Sportsmanship Bexley Rugby Football Club believes: • Rugby is about taking part, having fun and keeping active. • Win with dignity, lose with grace • Observe the Laws and regulations of the game • Respect opponents, referees and all participants • Reject cheating, racism, violence and drugs • Value volunteers and paid officials alike • Enjoy the game We aim to be constantly promoting and reinforcing positive behaviour and developing all children’s self-esteem through celebration of achievement. In this way, by aiming to ‘include’ everyone in the Club community, it is much less likely anyone will become a focus for bullying, or that others may resort to bullying. We encourage everyone to report any suspected instances of bullying to one of the coaching staff or to the Club Safeguarding Officer. Children need to be assured not to keep worries to themselves, but to tell their parent and/or a Coach. The whole Club community needs to be assured that all instances are taken very seriously and investigated thoroughly. It is essential that the first adult involved in the situation reassures the victim and informs the Club Safeguarding Officer. Parents of all children involved should be informed at the earliest opportunity, so that their support can be encouraged. Everyone including parents are encouraged to: • Listen carefully to the problem and tell them that action will be taken • Stay calm whatever the concerns • Discuss issues with the Club at the earliest opportunity, and review actions regularly • Give the Club time to address the issues • In the case of a Looked After Child, it is essential that their Social Worker be involved at the earliest opportunity.

Continuation of Bullying If anyone in Bexley RFC continues to bully others, then it will be necessary to initiate further action. Further parental involvement would be essential if you are dealing with a child. If all these strategies were tried and failed, then ultimately this can lead to permanent exclusion from the Club. It is essential that all Executive Committee members, Coaches, Volunteers, parents and children are aware of this policy. When the policy is revised, it should be discussed with all Coaches & Volunteers involved with children. New Coaches & Volunteers should be made aware of the policy as part of their Induction process. At the start of each Club year, the key points of the policy should be discussed.

Review Yearly – next review due August 2022