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ANTI-BULLYING

Methley Striders Anti-Bullying Policy.
Methley Striders are committed to creating an environment that is caring, friendly and safe so that all of our members can confidently participate in a secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our club. If, any form of bullying does occur athletes should be able to tell and know that any incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. Anyone who is aware that bullying is taking place is expected to alert a club welfare officer or a committee member and they can be assured that the situation will be dealt with in the strictest confidence. 
Bullying is defined as; the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person, either by verbal or physical means. The result of bullying is pain and distress to the victim. No one deserves to be the victim of bullying and everyone has the right to be treated with respect. 
Forms of bullying:
Emotional: being unfriendly, exclusion (both emotionally and physically) sending hurtful messages, tormenting
Physical: pushing, kicking, hitting, punching, or any form of violence
Racist: taunts, graffiti, gestures, comments
Sexual: unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments 
Homophobic: focussing on the issue of sexuality 
Verbal: name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing 
Cyber: through the means of social media
The signs and symptoms of bullying can be varied but can include the following: 
Anxiety, loss self-confidence, illness prior to a training session, unexplained injuries. They may also display signs of aggression or unreasonable behaviour, be disruptive and/or cry. Whilst these signs can indicate other problems, bullying should be considered a possibility and should be investigated.  
Expectations.
• All committee members, coaches, athletes, parents and club members should have an understanding of what bullying is.
All committee members and coaching staff should know what the anti-bullying club and follow it if bullying is reported.
All athletes and parents should know what the anti-bullying club policy is and what they should do if bullying arises.
Methley Striders takes bullying very seriously.  Athletes and parents should be assured that they will be supported if bullying is reported.
Bullying, in any form, will not be tolerated.
Reporting Procedure:
1. Report bullying incidents to the club welfare officer or a member of the committee. Avoid trying to tackle the situation or take matters into your own hands. The club will take the necessary action.
2. In cases of serious bullying, the incidents will also be referred to UKA for advice.
3. Where necessary, parents will be informed and will be invited to attend a meeting to discuss the problem.
4. If necessary and appropriate, the police will be consulted.
5. Bullying behaviour, or threats of bullying, must be investigated and stopped quickly.
6. All attempts will be made to help the bully (bullies) change their behaviour.
7. If mediation fails and the bullying is seen to continue the club will initiate disciplinary action under the club constitution. 
If the club decides it is appropriate for them to deal with the situation they should follow the procedure outlined below.
1. Following a report of bullying the committee will appoint a member/members to investigate and make recommendations. In the first instance this may be reconciliation by getting the parties together. A genuine apology may solve the problem.
2. If this fails, or is not appropriate a small panel (3 people, consisting of the Chairperson, Welfare Officer, Secretary or other committee members) should meet with the victim to gain the full details of the allegation. Minutes should be taken and these should be agreed by all in attendance as being a true account. Suspension from the club may be considered whilst the investigation is taking place, or if further investigation, is required.
3. The same 3 people should then meet with the alleged bully and put the allegations raised to them, affording them the opportunity to respond and give their views. Minutes should again be taken and agreed.
4. Consideration should be given as to whether a reconciliation meeting between parties may be appropriate at this time.
5. If this is successful, the club committee should monitor the situation for a given period to ensure the bullying is not being repeated.
6. All coaches involved with the athletes should be made aware of the concerns and the outcome of the process i.e. the warning (see below).
7. If bullying is believed to have taken place the committee will determine the relevant action to take, this could include:
• Issuing the athlete with a verbal or documented warning.
The athlete may be temporarily suspended.
• The athlete may be excluded from the club (if the incident is of a serious nature and or the incidents continue/escalate). 
In the case of adults reported to be bullying athletes under 18.
1. UKA should always be informed and will advise on action to be taken.
2. It is anticipated that in most cases where the allegation is made regarding a coach, child protection awareness training may be recommended.
3. More serious cases may be referred to the police, social services or judicial complaints procedure.