Wells RFC aims to ensure that both children and adults can take part in the game of rugby without fear of bullying.
Bullying of any kind is not accepted within Wells RFC and the RFU. Both organisations are of a ‘telling’ culture and anyone who knows or suspects that bullying is happening is expected to inform the Club Safeguarding Officer (CSO).
Club Safeguarding Officer: Stephen Blair
Asst. Safeguarding Officer: David Maxwell
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.
WHAT IS CONSIDERED TO BE BULLYIN6?
Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person. Bullying results in pain and distress to the victim.
Bullying can be...
Emotional - being unfriendly, excluding (emotionally and physically), tormenting (e.g. hiding rugby kit, threatening gestures including sending threatening text messages).
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 an the issue of sexuality.
Verbal – name calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
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 hit, pushed, pulled, pinched, or kicked.
Having their bag, mobile or other possessions taken.
Receiving abusive text messages.
Being forced to hand over money.
Being forced to do things they do not wont to do.
Being ignored or left out.
Being attacked because of religion, gender, sexuality, disability, appearance or ethnic or racial origin.
OTHER SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Doesn't want to attend training or club activities.
Changes their usual routine.
Begins being disruptive during sessions .
Becomes withdrawn anxious or lacking in confidence.
Has possessions going missing.
Becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable.
Has unexplained cuts or bruises.
Is bullying other children.
Is frightened to say what is wrong.
These signs and behaviours may not constitute bullying and be symptoms of other problems. Club members, coaches and volunteers need to be aware of these possible signs and report any concerns to the CSO.
PROCEDURES AND MANAGEMENT OF BULLYING
1. Report bullying incidents to the Club Safeguarding Officer, record using the RFU Incident Record Form (see below).
2. Parents may be informed and asked to come in to a meeting to discuss the problem.
3. If necessary and appropriate, police will be consulted.
4. If mediation fails and the bullying is seen to continue the Club/RFU can initiate disciplinary action under the relevant constitution.