Anti-Bullying Policy

Last Updated 20/01/21.

The aim of the document:

The aim of the SportNE anti-bullying policy is to ensure that our camp is a supportive, caring and safe environment where children can attend without fear of being bullied. Bullying is anti-social behaviour and affects everyone; it is unacceptable. We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all children. If bullying does occur, all children should be able to know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. 

What is bullying?

Bullying occurs when an individual or a group uses strength or power to hurt, either physically or emotionally, by intimidating or demeaning others. It is usually persistent and is often covert, and is a conscious attempt to hurt, threaten or frighten someone. Children who are being bullied, may show changes in behaviour, such as becoming shy and nervous, feigning illness, taking unusual absences or clinging to adults. 

Bullying can take many forms including: 

  • Physical bullying which can include kicking, hitting, pushing and taking away belongings.
  • Verbal bullying which includes name calling, mocking and making offensive comments.
  • Emotional bullying which includes isolating an individual or spreading rumours about them.
  • Cyber-bullying where technology is used to hurt an individual – for instance text messaging or posting messages/images on the internet or any form of social media.
  • Racist bullying occurs when bullying is motivated by racial, ethnic or cultural prejudice. 
  • Sexual bullying is where someone makes unwanted physical contact or makes sexually abusive comments. 
  • Homophobic and biphobic bullying occurs when bullying is motivated by a prejudice against lesbian, gay or bisexual people. 
  • Transphobic bullying occurs when bullying is motivated by a prejudice against people who identify as trans.
  • Disablist bullying occurs when bullying is motivated by a prejudice against people with any form of disability. 
  • Sexist bullying occurs when bullying is motivated by a prejudice against someone because of their gender.

How to get help?
Children can talk to any coach at any time if they feel they are, or have witnessed someone else, being bullied. 

Children can feel confident that coaches will listen to their problem. Children who have been bullied will be supported by: 

  1. Offering an immediate opportunity to discuss the experience with a coach of their choice
    1. Reassuring the child
    1. Offering continuous support 
    1. Restoring self-esteem and confidence 

Children who have bullied will be helped by: 

  • Discussing what happened 
  • Discovering why the child became involved 
  • Establishing the wrongdoing and need to change 
  • Informing parents or guardians to help change the attitude of the child. 

In some circumstances, children who have bullied another child may not be welcome back at SportNE. 

SportNE considers bullying in any form is unacceptable. It will be taken seriously and dealt with promptly.

Staff Responsibilities 

  • To implement procedures to confront bullying in any form 
  • To listen to all parties involved in incidents 
  • To investigate incidents promptly and as fully as possible 
  • To complete a written record of any bullying incidents 
  • To model the values our camp; teamwork, communication, fair-play, leadership and fun.