Bullying is hurtful behaviour which no child or young person should have to experience. The impact that bullying can have on a child’s or young person’s life should never be underestimated. In extreme cases, bullying can lead to a child or young person self-harming or taking their own life.
Maiden City is committed to providing an environment which promotes fun, respect, inclusivity and equality for everyone involved in Association programmes. Bullying is deemed to be unacceptable behaviour that compromises this ethos and will therefore be challenged and responded to. Staff or volunteers who witness bullying behaviour, whether it’s child-to-child or adult to child, must respond immediately and report it in writing to their line manager. Cases of serious bullying must be reported to the Committee.
- Staff and coaches must respect every child and young person’s need for, and right to, an environment where safety, security, praise, recognition, opportunity and equality are available.
- Bullying behaviour will not be accepted or condoned at Maiden City programmes.
- Any form of bullying will be taken seriously, be investigated and be promptly and appropriately responded to.
- Everyone involved in Maiden City programmes must understand what bullying is and how it affects those involved.
- Everybody has a responsibility to work together to stop bullying.
- The Club’s anti-bullying policy and reporting procedures will be made known to everyone involved in Maiden City programmes so they know how to respond to bullying, should it occur
- The Club will support children and young people, and their parents / guardians, should they be subjected to bullying during Maiden City programmes.
RESPONDING TO BULLYING: PROCESS FOR STAFF & VOLUNTEERS
- All cases of bullying must be reported to your Line Manager in writing.
- Cases of serious bullying must be referred to the Child Welfare Officer in writing.
- Parents and guardians should be made aware that their child is being bullied, or is bullying others, and should be invited to meet with relevant staff members to discuss the problem.
- Where appropriate, the PSNI should be contacted
- Mediation should be used to help achieve a resolution if there is agreement from all parties.
- The bullying behaviour should be promptly addressed and stopped.
- Should the bullying behaviour continue, the Association will act in accordance with its disciplinary procedures.
IN THE EVENT OF A STAFF MEMBER OR VOLUNTEER BULLYING A CHILD OR YOUNG PERSON
- A report should be written by the Line Manager who is responsible for investigating the claim, and, where appropriate, implementing appropriate sanctions.
- Cases of serious bullying should be referred, in writing, to the Child Welfare Officer by the relevant line manager.
- The Child Welfare officer will assume responsibility for investing the case and will advise the Committee of its findings.
- The Association ultimately assumes responsibility for implementing sanctions relating to serious cases of bullying towards children and young people.