Mon 27 May 2019 22:43

BRFC Anti Bullying Policy
At Boston Rugby Football Club we believe that taking part in our sport should be a positive and enjoyable part of children’s and young people’s lives.
The aim of the anti-bullying policy is to ensure that all players develop in a safe, caring environment without the fear of being bullied.
Bullying is an anti-social behavior and affects everyone: it is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated at Boston Rugby Football club. Only when all issues of bullying are addressed will players be able to fully benefit from the opportunities at Boston RFC.
Bullying is defined as deliberately hurtful behavior, repeated over a period of time, where it is difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves.
The three main types of Bulling are:
•Physical (Hitting, kicking, theft)
•Verbal (name calling, racist remarks)
•Indirect (spreading rumours, excluding someone from social groups)
Players who are being bullied may show changes in behavior, such as becoming shy and nervous, feigning illness, missing training, practice and/ or games.
The following steps will be taken when dealing with incidents of bullying. If bullying is suspected or reported, the incident will be dealt with immediately by the Clubs Welfare Officer and age group manager.
A clear account of the incident will be recorded and if not resolved by the Club Welfare office advice will be sort from the CB Welfare officer and RFU/RFUW Welfare Team. Punitive measures will be used as appropriate and in consultation with all parties concerned.
Players who have been bullied will be supported by:
•Offering an immediate opportunity to discuss the experience with the Welfare Officer/Team Manager.
•Reassuring the player.
•Offering continuous support.
•Restoring self-esteem
Players who have bullied will be helped by:
•Discussing what happened
•Discovering why the player became involved,
•Establishing the wrongdoing and need to change.
•Informing the parents/carers to help change the attitude of the player.
The following disciplinary steps can be taken:
•Official warnings to cease offending,
•Exclusion from certain club activities,
•Permanent exclusion from the club.
Monitoring, evaluation and review:
Boston Rugby Football Club will review this Policy annually and assess its implementations and effectiveness.
The Policy will be promoted and implemented throughout the club.