Anti Bullying Policy

Bullying of any kind is not accepted at Pudsey Juniors AFC. 

Pudsey Juniors are committed to providing a friendly and safe environment for all members so they can participate in football in an enjoyable atmosphere.

 

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. It can be:

  • Emotional – being unfriendly, excluding (emotionally and physically, sending hurtful text messages, tormenting  (eg  hiding football boots/shin guards, 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

Prevention

  • The club has a Constitution and Codes of Conduct, which details what is acceptable behaviour for all members
  • All club members and parents must sign and accept the constitution upon joining the club
  • The welfare officer will raise awareness about bullying and why it matters, and if issues of bullying arise in the club, will consider meeting with members to discuss the issue

Signs of Bullying

A child may indicate by signs or behaviour that he or she is being bullied.  These can include:

  • Says he or she is being bullied
  • Becomes withdrawn, anxious or lacking in confidence
  • Is frightened to say what’s wrong
  • Feels ill before training sessions
  • Is unwilling to attend club sessions
  • Comes home with clothes torn or training equipment damaged
  • Has unexplained cuts or bruises
  • Has possessions go ‘missing’
  • Asks for money or starts stealing money (to pay the bully)
  • Gives improbable excuses for the above

These signs and behaviours could be indicative of other problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility and therefore investigated.

How To Act

  1. Report bullying incidents to the welfare officer or a member of the club’s committee
  2. In cases of serious bullying, the incidents will be referred to senior club members for advice and possibility to the FA Case Management System
  3. Parents should be informed and will be asked to come in to a meeting to discuss the problem
  4. If necessary and appropriate, the Police will be consulted
  5. The bullying behaviour or threats of bullying must be investigated and the bullying stopped quickly
  6. An attempt will be made to help the bully (bullies) alter their behaviour
  7. If mediation fails and the bullying is seen to continue, the club will initiate disciplinary action under the club constitution

Club Action

If the club decides it is appropriate to deal with the situation, the following procedure will be followed :

  1. Reconciliation by getting the parties together.  It may be that a genuine apology solves the problem
  2. If this fails/is not appropriate, a small panel (made up of chairman, welfare officer, secretary, committee members) should meet with the parent/carer and the child alleging bullying to get details of the allegation.  Minutes should be taken for clarity, which should be agreed by all as a true account
  3. The same three members should meet with the alleged bully and parents/carers and put the incident raised to them to answer and give their view of the allegation.  Minutes should again be taken and agreed again as a true account
  4. If bullying has in their view taken place, the individual should be warned and put on notice of further action, ie temporary or permanent suspension if the bullying continues.  Consideration should be given as to whether a reconciliation meeting between parties is appropriate at this time
  5. In some cases the parent of the bully or bullied player can be asked to attend training sessions, if they are able to do so, and if appropriate.  The club committee should monitor the situation for a given period to ensure bullying is not being repeated
  6. All coaches involved with both individuals should be made aware of the concerns and outcome of the process,  ie  the warning

In the case of adults reported to be bullying anyone with the club under 18:

  1. Senior club members should always be informed and will advise on action to be taken where appropriate
  2. It is anticipated that in most cases where the allegation is made regarding a team manager, official, coach, the FA’s Safeguarding Children awareness training be recommended
  3. More serious cases may need to be referred to the police and/or Social Services

This policy is based on guidance provided to schools by KIDSCAPE.

KIDSCAPE is a voluntary organisation committed to help prevent child bullying.  KIDSCAPE can be contacted on 0207 730 3300 or you can access their website via www.kidscape.org.uk.

You may also wish to access www.bullying.co.uk another website designed to give advice and guidance to parents and children who are faced with dealing with bullying.