Belmont Wanderers Football Club

Anti Bullying Policy

Anti-Bullying Policy
At Belmont Wanderers FC we are committed to providing a caring, friendly, and safe environment for all our members so they can participate in football in a relaxed and secure atmosphere.

Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our club. If bullying does occur, all club
members or parents should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with
promptly and efficiently.

We are a TELLING club. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is
happening is expected to tell the Club Welfare Officer or any of the committee

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 (emotionally and physically), sending
hurtful text messages, tormenting (e.g., hiding football boots/shin guards, threatening
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 rumors, teasing.

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. Individuals who are bullying need to learn different ways
of behaving.

This club has a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to issues of bullying.
Objectives of this Policy

• All club members, coaches, officials, and parents/carers should
have an understanding of what bullying is.
• All club members, officials and coaching staff should know what the
club policy on bullying is and follow it when bullying is reported.
• All players and parents/carers should know what the club policy is and
what to do if bullying occurs.
• As a club, we take bullying seriously. Players and parents/carers should be
assured that they would be supported when bullying is reported.
• Bullying will not be tolerated.
• All club members, coaches, officials, and parents/carers should have an
appreciation of the signs and indicators of bullying.

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