Anti-Bullying Policy 1 of 2

1. Anti-Bullying Policy 1

Bullying is not easy to define, it can take many forms and is usually repeated over a
period of time. The three main types of bullying are: physical (e.g. hitting, kicking),
verbal (e.g. racist remarks, threats, name calling), emotional (e.g. isolating an
individual from activities). They will include:

•Deliberate hostility and aggression towards the victim
•A victim who is weaker than the bully or bullies
•An outcome which is always painful and distressing for the victim

Bullying behaviour may also include:
•Other forms of violence
•Sarcasm, spreading rumours, persistent teasing or theft
•Tormenting, ridiculing, humiliation
•Racial taunts, graffiti, gestures
•Unwanted physical contact or abusive/offensive comments of a sexual nature

Emotional and verbal bullying is more likely, however, it is more difficult to cope
with or prove. It is of paramount importance that all clubs develop their own anti
bullying policy to which all its members, coaches, players, staff and volunteers and
parents subscribe to and accept.

Every club should be prepared to:
•Take the problem seriously
•Investigate any incidents
•Talk to bullies and victims separately
•Decide on appropriate action, such as:
•Obtain an apology from the bully(ies) to the victim
•Inform parents of the bully(ies)
•Insist on the return of items ‘borrowed’ or stolen
•Insist bullies compensate the victim
•Hold club discussions on bullying
•Provide support for the coach of the victim

Child Protection is about putting in place the best possible practices and
procedures, this will protect not only the child but also you, the adult.

If you have any comments on this guideline or require any further support or guidance
relating to children and young persons please contact the WRU Child Protection
line on.

WRU Child Protection Unit
Westgate Plaza
Millennium Stadium
Westgate Street
CF10 1NS
WRU Child Protection Line :029 2082 2455
WRU CP –March 08