Bullying and what to do in case of Bullying
Cricket Ireland is committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all our children, so they can train and play in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable in our clubs. If bullying occurs, all children should be able to tell somebody, and know incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively.
The Anti-Bullying Policy applies to all members – young people, parents, coaches, anyone watching or supporting the game and any others who help and assist with club activities. It is the responsibility of everyone in the club to put this Anti-Bullying Policy in place and to help the club to be a safe, enjoyable place for young people. The Children’s Officer should discuss the policy with the young people and parents/guardians in the club and have it readily available.
Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person. Bullying results in pain and distress to the victim. Bullying can take many forms, including:
People who behave in a bullying manner can be recognised by:
Why is it important to respond to bullying? Bullying hurts. No one should experience bullying behaviour. Everyone has the right to be treated with respect. Children who are displaying bullying behaviour also need to learn different ways of behaving. Cricket clubs have a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to issues of bullying. Note that harmful behaviour can be directed towards either a person or a group.
Bullying behaviour has an impact on everyone involved. For the person who is the target of bullying behaviour, the effects can be felt psychologically and physiologically. The person who is responsible for the bullying behaviour may also show signs of low self-esteem. If the person who is behaving in a bullying manner is an adult in the club, other young people may be afraid to speak out because of the consequences, i.e. they may be afraid of not being picked for activities or left out of team selections.
There are generally two ways to deal with bullying behaviour between young people:
The bullying behaviour or threats of bullying must be investigated, and the bullying stopped quickly
The Children’s officer and the parents, should be informed as soon as possible and kept informed of the issue and how it was dealt with. This encourages parents to support the policy of dealing with issues immediately to the benefit of all involved. It is important to check the bullying behaviour does not continue by observing the group, checking in with those involved, and to encourage all club members to talk to a trusted person if they are worried about bullying behaviour. If the bullying continues, the issue will go to the disciplinary committee, and then to the National Safeguarding Panel.