We recommend that this policy is discussed by the club committee to ensure that it is fuIIy understood, signed up to and can be adopted successfully across the club.
All club members, coaches, officials and parents/carers should have an understanding of what bullying is.
The clubs anti-bullying policy should be shared with all parents/carers and their children, ideally this will happen when they join.
Parents/carers and players should understand what they should do if bullying occurs.
Players and parents/carers should be assured that they would be supported when bullying is reported.
Including the policy within a Club Welcome Pack/Information, hosting it on the club website, social media pages and club notice board are all positive
ways of reinforcing our commitment to this policy.
This policy is based on guidance provided by KIDSCAPE, a voluntary organisation committed to help prevent child bullying.
KIDSCAPE provides advice for parents/carers and children. They can be contacted on 020 7823 5430 their line is open Monday to Thursday 9am - 1pm, or you can access their website
You may also wish to use the following web links to sites who also provide advice and guidance to parents and children who are faced with dealing with bullying:
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 Furngate Football Club. If bullying does occur, all club members and parents/carers should be able to tell their club about this and know that incidents will be dealt with
promptly and effectively by the club.
We are a TELLING our Teams. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell the Club Welfare Officer and
Abusive comments, rumours, gossip and threats made using digital communications and/ or technologies - this includes internet trolling
Hacking into someone's email, phone or online profiles to extract and share personal information, or to send hurtful content while posing
as that person.
Creating dedicated websites that intend to harm, make fun of someone or spread malicious rumours.
Pressurising someone to do something theq do not want to such as sending a sexually explicit image.
Furngate youth is committed to playing its part to teach players to treat Football Club commits.
Bullying is the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group bg another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. It can happen face-to-face or through
cyberspace, and comes in many different forms:
Verbal: Name calling, persistent teasing, mocking, taunting and threats.
Physical: Any form of physical violence, intimidating behaviour, theft or the intentional damage of possessions. This includes hitting,
kicking and pushing.
Emotional: Excluding, tormenting, ridiculing, humiliation, setting people up and spreading rumours.
Cyberbullging include: the misuse of digital technologies or communications to buIIy a person or a group, typicaIIy through messages or actions
that are threatening and/or intended to cause offence, anxiety or humiliation.
Examples of cyberbullging include: Abusive comments, rumours, gossip and threats
made using digital communications and/ or technologies - this includes internet trolling. being used appropriately and any online bullying will be dealt with swiftly and appropriately in line
with procedures detailed in this poIicy. People can be targeted for any reason, but people who buIIy others often target 'difference' and bullying can be a form of wider discrimination.
For example, bullying behaviour may be:
Racist: Targeted at ethnicity, skin colour, and language, religious or cultural practices, Homophobic, biphobic and/or transphobic:
Targeted at actual or perceived sexuality and/or gender,Sexual and/or sexist: Sexual and/or sexist behaviour that is intended to cause offence, humiliation or intimidation.
- Disablist: Targeted at an impairment or special educational need, Targeting any 'difference". Bullying behaviour can also be
targeted at 'looks', weight and height, colour of hair, wearing glasses or braces, acne, psoriasis and eczema, scars, marks or conditions of the face or body, body odour, poverty, gifts and
talents or famiIq situation (e.g. divorce, bereavement, homelessness).
- Every body has the right to be treated with respect and no one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Individuals who are bullying
need to learn different wags of behaving. Sharing pictures, videos or personal information without the consent of the owner and with the intent to cause harm or humiliation, and effectively to
issues of bullying.
The Club recognises its responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to Issues of Bulling
If the club decides it is appropriate for them to deal with the situation they should follow the procedure outlined below:
- Reconciliation by getting the parties together. It may be that a genuine apology solves the problem.
- If this fails/is not appropriate, a small panel (composed from the Chairperson, Club Welfare Officer, Secretary, committee members) should meet with the parent/carer and child alleging
bullying to get details of the allegation. Minutes should be taken for clarity, which should be agreed by all as a true account.
- The same three persons should meet with the alleged bully and parent/carer and put the incident raised to them to answer and give their view of the allegation. Minutes should again be taken
- If bullying has in their view taken place, the individual should be warned and put on notice of further action i.e. temporary or permanent suspension if the bullying continues. Consideration
should be given as to whether a reconciliation meeting between parties is appropriate at this time.
- In some cases the parent/carer of the bully or bullied player can be asked to attend training sessions, if they are able to do so, and if appropriate. The club committee should monitor the
situation for a given period to ensure the bullying is not being repeated.
- All coaches involved with both individuals should be made aware of the concerns and outcome of the process i.e. The Warning.
In the case of adults reported to be bullying anyone within the club under 18