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Anti-Bullying Policy

Anti-Bullying Policy

Our anti-bullying policy sets out how we feel about bullying at Camp 4 Champs, what we will do to tackle it and how we will support children and young people who experience or display bullying behaviour.

Bullying

  • All forms of bullying will be acted upon
  • Everybody at Camp 4 Champs has a responsibility to work together to stop bullying
  • Bullying can include online as well as offline behaviour
  • Bullying behaviour can include:
    • physically pushing, kicking, hitting, pinching etc
    • name calling, spreading rumours, persistent teasing and humiliation or the continual ignoring of others
    • posting of derogatory or abusive comments, videos or images on social media
    • racial, homophobic, transphobic or sexist comments, taunts or gestures
    • sexual comments, suggestions or behaviour
    • unwanted physical contact

Camp 4 Champs will:

  • Recognise its duty of care and responsibility to safeguard all children from harm
  • Promote and implement this anti-bullying policy in addition to our safeguarding policy and procedures
  • Ensure that bullying behaviour is not tolerated or condoned
  • Require all staff, parents and children to sign up this policy
  • Take action to investigate and respond to any reports of bullying from children
  • Encourage and facilitate children to play an active part in developing and adopting a code of conduct for behaviour
  • Ensure that coaches are given access to information, guidance and training on bullying

Each participant, coach, volunteer or official will:

  • Encourage individuals to speak out about bullying behaviour
  • Respect every child’s need for, and right to, a play environment where safety, security, praise, recognition and opportunity for taking responsibility are available
  • Respect the feelings and views of others
  • Recognise that everyone is important and equal, and that our differences make each of us special and worthy of being valued
  • Show appreciation of others by acknowledging individual qualities, contributions and progress
  • Ensure safety by having rules and practices carefully explained
  • Report incidents of bullying behaviour they see – by doing nothing you are condoning the behaviour

Supporting children

  • We will let children know who will listen to and support them
  • We will create an “open door” ethos where children feel confident to talk to an adult about bullying behaviour or any other issue that affects them
  • Potential barriers to talking (including those associated with a child’s disability or impairment) will be acknowledged and addressed at the outset to enable children to speak out
  • We’ll make sure children are aware of helpline numbers by displaying a poster
  • Anyone who reports an incident of bullying will be listened to carefully and reports will be taken seriously
  • Any reported experience of bullying behaviour will be investigated and will involve listening carefully to all those involved
  • Children experiencing bullying behaviour will be supported and helped to uphold their right to play and live in a safe environment
  • Those who display bullying behaviour will be supported and encouraged to develop better relationships
  • We will make sure that sanctions are appropriate and fair and  support is given to the parents/guardians
  • Parents or carers will be advised on Camp 4 Champs bullying policy and practice
  • Any experience of bullying behaviour will be discussed with the child’s parents or carers
  • Parents will be consulted on action to be taken (for both victim and bully) and we will agree on these actions together
  • Information and advice on coping with bullying will be made available to parents & coaches

Useful contacts

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 2o2o

Last Reviewed: April 2020

To Be Reviewed: April 2021