Anti-bullying Policy

The Club has a zero-tolerance attitude towards bullying. Club members, coaches and parents should report any incidents to the Club Welfare Officer (CWO). See Contacts page of the CCS website for contact details.

WHAT IS BULLYING?
Bullying is not always easy to define: deliberate hostility and aggression directed at a target who may appear vulnerable may have an outcome which is painful and distressing to the target
Bullying can be:
Physical: pushing, kicking, hitting, pinching, and any other forms of violence, threats
Verbal: name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours
Emotional: exclusion, isolation, tormenting, ridicule, humiliation
Racist: racial taunts, graffiti, gestures
Sexual: unwanted physical contact, verbal abuse
Homophobic: physical or verbal abuse based on stereotyping sexual orientation, whether or not the target is gay
Cyber bullying: using technology to bullytext, setting up abusive websites, posting photos, misusing social networking sites, sexting
Bullies can employ many types of bullying – they choose whatever works.

WHAT CAN THE CLUB DO ABOUT BULLYING?
The Club should be prepared to take the problem seriously.
The Club Welfare Officer  should;
investigate any reported incident, interview bullies and bullying target separately
interview any witnesses
report to the Club Committee
In cases of serious bullying, the Club Welfare Officer should refer incidents to the British Cycling Safeguarding Lead Officer for advice. The individual should be made aware of this course of action
The Club Welfare Officer should keep a written record of incident, interviews and action taken
The Committee should decide on appropriate action, and where appropriate, consult police.

The Club should;
provide support for the bullying target
encourage bully to change his/her behaviour
If mediation fails and the bullying is seen to continue the club should initiate disciplinary action.

(For further information, see British Cycling Safeguarding and Protecting Children policy; Sections 2 Good Practice, Poor Practice & Abuse, and  3 Responding to Suspicions and Allegations of Abuse)

CONTACT DETAILS

British Cycling Safeguarding Lead Officer (SLO)
Letter marked ‘private and confidential’
British Cycling
Stuart Street
Manchester, M11 4DQ.
0161 274 2000 or 0161 274 2002 outside office hours

Suffolk Local Safeguarding Children Board
Floor 4, Gold Block
Endeavour House
8 Russell Road
Ipswich
IP1 2BX
0300 123 2044
http://suffolkscb.org.uk/information-and-links/local-authority-designated-officers/

Suffolk Adult Social Care Services;
Customer First
PO Box 771
Needham Market
IP6 8WB
0808 800 4005
On-line referral form; https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/index.php/adult-social-care-and-health/keeping-you-safe/report-a-concern-about-an-adult/adult-safeguarding-referral-form/

Suffolk Police

Suffolk Constabulary
Police Headquarters
Martlesham Heath
Ipswich
Suffolk
IP5 3QS
Phone; 101
https://www.suffolk.police.uk/your-area/sudbury

NSPCC helpline

0808 800 5000