ANTI-BULLYING POLICY GUIDELINES
Statement of Intent
The Botany Rams Junior Rugby League Football Club is committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our players so they can play and train in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our Club. If bullying does occur, all players should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively.
What Is Bullying?
Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person. Bullying may take the form of physical attacks, verbal abuse or excluding a player from the team environment and results in pain and distress to the victim.
Bullying can be:
Attributes being taunted for having a different build or physically disadvantaged in any way.
Emotional being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. threats of violence 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 focusing on the issue of sexuality.
Verbal name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumors, teasing.
Cyber All areas of internet, such as email & internet chat room misuse, mobile threats by text messaging & calls, misuse of associated technology , i.e. camera &video facilities. Bullying hurts. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Everybody has the right to be treated with respect. Players and or officials of the Botany Rams Junior Rugby League Football Club who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving.The Botany Rams Junior Rugby League Football Club has a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to issues of bullying. The issue of bullying will be taken as very serious and treated as such. Anyone found to bullying others will be dealt with seriously, both in regards to the behaviour exhibited and the reasons for the behavior.
Objectives of this Policy!
The issue of bullying should be discussed openly within the club and all players and officials being informed of both the club’s views on bullying and ways in which bullying can be prevented and or stopped. It should be emphasized that anyone can be the victim of bullying and that being bullied is not a sign of weakness and does not make the victim a less valuable person.
All players, parents, team officials and Club officials are to make it known to all concerned that bullying of any type described will not be tolerated towards anyone at the Botany Rams Junior Rugby League Club be they player, coach, manager, volunteer, parent, any other club official & supporters.
It is Important to Respond to Bullying
All players, parents and Club officials should have an understanding of what bullying is.
All Committee Members and team officials should know what the Club policy is on bullying, and follow procedures when bullying is reported.
All players and parents should know what the Club policy is on bullying, and follow procedures when bullying is reported.
As a Club we take bullying seriously. Players and parents should be assured that they will be supported when bullying is reported.
Bullying will not be tolerated from anyone, in any shape or form
Why do people bully?
To pretend they are tough
To get others to like them
To hide their own fears
To copy other bullies
To feel superior to others
They are unhappy
They feel insecure
They are scared
They don’t like who they are
Signs and Symptoms
A child may indicate by signs or behaviour that he or she is being bullied. Adults should be aware of these possible signs and that they should investigate if a child
is frightened of walking to or from training or games
doesn’t want to go on trips with other players
begs to be driven to training or games
changes their usual routine
is unwilling to go to training or games
begins to stay home
becomes withdrawn anxious, or lacking in confidence
attempts or threatens suicide or runs away
cries themselves to sleep at night or has nightmares
feels ill in the morning
begins to do poorly in school work
comes home with clothes torn from training
has possessions which are damaged or ” go missing”
asks for money or starts stealing money (to pay bully)
has monies continually “lost”
has unexplained cuts or bruises
comes home starving (money / lunch has been stolen)
becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable
is bullying other children or siblings
is frightened to say what’s wrong
gives improbable excuses for any of the above
is afraid to use the internet or mobile phone
is nervous & jumpy when a cyber message is received
These signs and behaviours could indicate other problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility and should be investigated.
Club officials and parents can also be bullied and are also covered by this policy.
Botany Rams Junior Rugby League Football Club Procedures
If bullying occurs at training or games, players are to report bullying incidents immediately to team officials: Coach, Manager, Trainer etc.
If bullying is reported at home, then parents need to inform team officials at the earliest opportunity.
Team officials will then address the problem, when and where it occurs if possible or at the next available opportunity.
Any child or person who feels they are being bullied should be given the time and forum to explain how they are being bullied and also reassured they are right to tell.
In cases of serious bullying reported to team officials, the incidents will be reported to the Secretary of the Botany Rams Junior Rugby League Football Club.
The Secretary may have “Leadership Player Groups” visit teams to discuss bullying reported and will regardless, make recommendations to the Club Committee.
In serious cases parents should be informed and will be asked to come in to a meeting to discuss the problem with the Club Committee.
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 (bullies) change their behaviour.
If after concerted attempts are made to change the behaviour of a bully (bullies) to no avail, then the Club Committee may suspend or deregister the player concerned.
A Committee member should fully inform the person who has complained and in the case of a child, their parents or guardians of any action/s taken by the Botany Rams Junior Rugby League Club into the incident, taking into account their feelings and perspective.
The bully (bullies) may be asked to genuinely apologise. Other consequences may take place.
If possible, all concerned will be reconciled.
A database will be kept to put incidents on file and will be used as a reference for any future incident/s.
If required to local Authorities will be notified (Mascot Police)
All records will be kept secured and confidential.
After the incident / incidents have been investigated and dealt with, each case will be monitored to ensure repeated bullying does not take place.
In serious cases, suspension or even deregistration will be considered.