Bullying Of Any Kind Is Unacceptable And Will Not Be Tolerated Within Our Club And Any Incidents Of Bullying Will Be Dealt With Promptly And Effectively.

If bullying does occur, please report it (Swimmer or Parent) to a Committee member.

If you would rather talk to someone outside of the club phone:

Swimline 0808 100 400.

Bullying is defined as repeated deliberately hurtful, offensive, abusive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour in the form of words or actions which may cause other members of the club to feel unhappy, humiliated, angry, vulnerable or threatened.

Bullying can be:

Emotional - being unfriendly, exclusion (emotional and physical), Ridiculing - humiliating, ignoring and tormenting e.g. (hiding goggles/floats). Physical - pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence or violent threats. Any deliberate damage to personal belongings. Racist - acial taunts, graffiti, gestures, mocking. Sexual - unwanted physical contact or sexual comments. Homophobic - because of, or focusing on the issue of sexuality. Verbal - name calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing, Cyber - sending hurtful or harassing text messages, or putting hurtful, humiliating or derogatory comments on social networking sites like Facebook.

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 Swimmers who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving!

Procedure

The bullying behaviour or threats of bullying will be investigated and stopped quickly. An attempt will be made to help the bully (bullies) understand the seriousness and change their behaviour accordingly. In cases of serious bullying Members and/or Parents will be invited to discuss the incidents with a committee member. If mediation fails and the bullying is seen to continue the club will initiate disciplinary action under the Club Constitution which includes expulsion.

Revised July 2017

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