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Aggressive Behaviour Policy

Aggressive Behaviour Policy

At Camp 4 Champs we will not accept any form of aggressive behaviour from anybody. This includes children, parents, carers or visitors. Our camp is a safe place where children and staff need to feel secure and comfortable.

Aggressive behaviour is defined as any of the following:

  • Physical violence e.g hitting, pulling hair, kicking, pushing
  • Using racist, sexist or any other abusive or derogatory language
  • Shouting at staff members (either face to face or over the telephone)
  • Abusive or rude emails
  • Physical intimidation
  • Spitting
  • Physically disruptive behaviour e.g. smashing, damaging or defacing objects, throwing objects, physically annoying other children
  • Socially disruptive behaviour e.g. screaming, running away, temper tantrums
  • Authority-challenging behaviour e.g. refusing to carry out requests

How do we deal with it?

At Camp 4 Champs we have a procedure to follow if any child or staff member is experiencing aggressive behaviour.

If the aggressive behaviour is child on child the following steps will be taken:

  1. The coach in charge of the session will deal with the incident by putting the child who has demonstrated aggressive behaviour in a time out and reporting the incident to a senior member of staff at the end of the session
  2. If the aggressive behaviour continues, is deemed severe, or is demonstrated again, the child will be passed onto a senior member of staff
  3. The senior member of staff will assess the seriousness of the incident and contact the parents/carer of the child. Depending again on the seriousness of the incident, the child will be asked to sit out of the next session or parents/carer will be asked to come and collect the child from camp
  4. If the parents/carer are asked to come and collect the child from camp, the most senior member of staff will make a decision on the return of the child and will inform the parent/carer of the decision in writing

If the aggressive behaviour is aimed at a child or staff member by a parent, carer or a member of the public, the following steps will be taken:

  1. If a child is present, or the abuse is aimed at a child, the child (if possible) will be removed from the situation. This is to keep them safe and to reduce exposure to the hostile environment
  2. The most senior member of staff will attempt, through composed discussion, to defuse the situation
  3. If the individual refuses to calm down they will be asked to leave the premises and follow the complaints procedure
  4. If the individual refuses to leave the site, the police will be called
  5. Once the situation is calm and under control, the most senior member of staff will record the indecent and report it by the end of the day to a director – Helen Moreira (Essex) or Alison Read (Surrey)
  6. The director will assess the incident and decide if a ban needs to be enforced. If a ban is to be enforced, the director will write to the individual telling them the reason and the length of the ban

Monitoring

The policy will be reviewed a year after development and then every 12 months, or in the following circumstances:

  • Changes in legislation and/or government guidance
  • As a result of any other significant change or event

Date: April 2020

Last Reviewed: April 2020

To Be Reviewed: April 2021