Hornsey Cricket Club (“Hornsey”) are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all our junior players so that they can train and play in a relaxed and secure atmosphere.
Bullying of any kind is unacceptable. If bullying does occur, all children should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. We are a TELLING club. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell the staff and officials.
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.
Bullying can be:
Emotional: being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding kit, 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 rumours, teasing
Cyber: All areas of internet, such as email and internet chat room misuse, mobile threats by text messaging and calls, misuse of associated technology, i.e camera and video facilities.
Why is it Important to Respond to Bullying?
Bullying hurts. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Everybody has the right to be treated with respect. Children who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving.
All Cricket Clubs have a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to issues of bullying affecting junior players.
Objectives of this Policy
All officials, coaching and non-coaching staff should know what Hornsey’s policy is on bullying, and follow it when bullying is reported.
All children and parents should know what Hornsey’s policy is on bullying, and what they should do if bullying arises.
Hornsey takes bullying seriously. Children and parents should be assured that they will be supported when bullying is reported.
Bullying will not be tolerated.
1. Report bullying incidents to the Club Welfare Officer
2. In cases of serious bullying, the incidents will be reported to the Country Welfare Officer
3. Parents should be informed and will be asked to come into a meeting to discuss the problem
4. If necessary and appropriate, 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) change their behaviour
In cases of adults reported to be bullying Junior Players (under the Child Act 2004 a child is a person under the age of 18 years), the Middlesex Welfare Officer will be informed and will advise on action to be taken.
Hornsey will adopt the ECB Code of Conduct for Coaches, Players, Members and Guests, which outlines what is acceptable and proper behaviour for all parties of which the anti-bullying policy is one part.
All Members and Guests will sign to accept the Code of Conduct upon their child joining.
The Club Welfare Officer will raise awareness about bullying and why it matters, and if issues of bullying arise, Hornsey will consider meeting with members to discuss the issues openly and constructively.
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
Any concerns regarding the above should be raised to the team manager, captain or Club Welfare Officer.
Written March 2017