West Herts Cricket Club

Herts Premier League
Championship Winners 2017

Policy

Junior Winter coaching commences 14th January 2019 at WBGS
HSCL: 1st XI - Premier Division, 2nd XI - Div 3B, 3rd XI - Div 8B, 4th XI - Div 10A, 5th XI - Reg Div B West

West Herts Cricket Club Anti Bullying Policy

West Herts Cricket Club will:

  1. recognise its duty of care and responsibility to safeguard all participants from harm
  2. promote and implement this anti-bullying policy
  3. seek to ensure that bullying behaviour is not accepted or condoned
  4. require all members of the organisation/club to be given information about, and sign up to, this policy
  5. take action to investigate and respond to any alleged incidents of bullying
  6. encourage and facilitate children and young people to play an active part in developing and adopting a code of conduct to address bullying
  7. ensure that coaches are given access to information, guidance and/or training on bullying

Each player, coach, volunteer or official will:

  1. respect every child’s need for, and rights to, a play environment where safety, security, praise, recognition and opportunity for taking responsibility are available
  2. respect the feelings and views of others
  3. respect the feelings and views of others
  4. show appreciation of others by acknowledging individual qualities, contributions and progress
  5. be committed to the early identification of bullying, and prompt and collective action to handle
  6. ensure safety by having rules and practices carefully explained and displayed for all to see
  7. report incidents of bullying they see – by doing nothing you are condoning bullying

Bullying

  1. all forms of bullying will be addressed
  2. everybody in the organisation/club has a responsibility to work together to stop bullying
  3. bullying can include online as well as offline behaviour
  4. bullying can include:
    1. physical pushing, kicking, hitting, pinching etc.
    2. name calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, persistent teasing and emotional torment through ridicule, humiliation or the continual ignoring of individuals
    3. posting of derogatory or abusive comments, videos or images on social network sites
    4. racial taunts, graffiti, gestures, sectarianism
    5. sexual comments , suggestions or behaviour
    6. unwanted physical contact

Children with a disability, from ethnic minorities, young people who are gay or lesbian or those with learning difficulties are more vulnerable to this form of abise and more likely to be targeted.

Support to the child

  1. children should know who will listen to and support them
  2. systems should be established to open the door to children wishing to talk about bullying or any other issue that affects them
  3. potential barriers to talking (including those associated with a child’s disability or impairment) need to be identified and addressed at the outset to enable children to approach adults for help
  4. children should have access to Helpline numbers
  5. anyone who reports an incident of bullying will be listened to carefully and be supported
  6. any reported incident of bullying will be investigated objectively and will involve listening carefully to all those involved
  7. children being bullied will be supported and assistance given to uphold their right to play and live in a safe environment which allows their healthy development
  8. those who bully will be supported and encouraged to stop bullying
  9. sanctions for those bullying others that involve long periods of isolation, or which diminish and make individuals look or feel foolish in front of others, will be avoided

Support to the parents/guardians

  1. parents/guardians should be advised on the organisation/club’s bullying policy and practice
  2. any incident of bullying will be discussed with the child’s parent(s)/guardians
  3. parents will be consulted on action to be taken (for both victim and bully) and agreements made as to what action should be taken
  4. information and advice on coping with bullying will be made available
  5. support should be offered to the parent(s) including information on other agencies or support lines

Useful contacts

  1. NSPCC Helpline 0808 800 5000
  2. CPSU (Child Protection in Sport Unit) www.thecpsu.org.uk
  3. ChildLine 0800 1111 / www.childline.org.uk
  4. Kidscape www.kidscape.org.uk
  5. Anti-Bullying Alliance www.antibullyingalliance.org
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