Our Anti-bullying policy 

Safe and happy cyclists

HHYCC recognises that:

  • bullying is “behaviour, usually repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group, physically or emotionally”. [Safe from bullying in youth activities, DCSF 2009.]

  • one person or a group can bully others

  • bullying can occur either face to face between individuals or groups or online, using

  • information technology, such as computers or mobile phones

  • bullying can include:

    • verbal teasing or making fun of someone;

    • excluding children from games and conversations;

    • pressurising other children not to be friends with the person who is being bullied;

    • spreading hurtful rumours or passing round inappropriate photographs/images/drawings

    • shouting at or verbally abusing someone;

    • stealing or damaging someone’s belongings;

    • making threats;

    • forcing someone to do something embarrassing, harmful or dangerous;

    • harassment on the basis of race, gender, sexuality or disability;

    • physical or sexual assault (although all sexual incidents and all but very minor physical

    • incidents constitute abuse and must be dealt with in accordance with child protection

    • procedures)

  • bullying causes real distress. It can affect a person’s health and development and, at the extreme, can cause significant harm

  • people are often targeted by bullies because they appear different from others

  • we all have a role to play in preventing bullying and putting a stop to bullying.

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The purpose of this policy is:

  • to prevent bullying from happening in our organisation, as much as possible

  • when bullying does happen, to make sure it is stopped as soon as possible and that those involved receive the support they need

  • to provide information to all staff, volunteers, children and their families about what we

  • should all do to prevent and deal with bullying.

We will seek to prevent bullying by:

  • Having a code of behaviour that sets out the “dos” and “don’ts” in terms of how everyone involved in HHYCC is expected to behave, both in face-to-face contact and online

  • eveloping a new members’ welcome policy that will help HHYCC to attract members from diverse groups

  • Having regular updates with coaches, volunteers, children, young people and families who use HHYCC to ensure that they understand our anti-bullying policy. Reminding everyone:

    • group members’ responsibilities to look after one another and uphold the behaviour code

    • practising skills such as listening to each other

    • respecting the fact that we are all different

    • making sure that no one is without friends

    • dealing with problems in a positive way

    • checking that the anti-bullying measures are working well.

  • Making sure that coaches, volunteers, children and young people, and parents and carers
    have clear information about our anti-bullying policy, complaints procedure, code of behaviour
    and anti-bullying procedure.

When bullying occurs, we will respond to it by:

  • Having a clear anti-bullying procedure in place

  • Providing support and training for all coaches and volunteers on dealing with all forms

  • of bullying, including racial, sexist, homophobic and sexual bullying

  • Addressing the issue from the point of view of the person being bullied, the bully,

  • any bystanders and HHYCC as a whole

  • Reviewing the plan developed to address the bullying, in order to ensure that the

  • problem has been resolved

  • Avoiding any punishments that make the individuals concerned seem small, or look

  • or feel foolish in front of others.

 

The Club Welfare Officer is responsible for monitoring the effectiveness of this policy.

Welfare Officers

 

We have two Club Welfare Officers whose mandate is to maintain British Cycling's high standards in relation to children participating in cycling; allowing peace of mind for participants, their families and cycling clubs by ensuring those working with young people are suitable to do so.   

If you have any concern at all about any aspect of any activity or individual at the club, please email 
hhycc_welfare@hhycc.com.

Karina Krause

Carole Heritage

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