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BULLYING

My personal opinion is that we can all give an example of bullying during our youth.  It is my intention to introduce a system where the pupils can feel happy about reporting any problems they may have.  This will be achieved via volunteer adults and from nominated responsible juniors who can relay any problems direct to the committee.  I have published an extract from the child protection policy while this is being developed. 

It is important to recognise that in some cases of abuse, it may not always be an adult abusing a young person. It can occur that the abuser is a young person, for example in the case of bullying. Bullying can be defined as deliberate hurtful behaviour that can take its form both physically and verbally against another person, usually repeated over a period of
time, where it is difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves. Although anyone can be a target of bullying, the victim is usually shy, sensitive and perhaps anxious or insecure. Sometimes they are singled out for physical reasons,
overweight, physically small, having a disability or belonging to a different race, culture or religious belief.

Bullies can be both male and female. Although bullying often takes place in schools, it does and can occur anywhere there is poor or inadequate supervision, on the way to /from school, at a sporting event, in the playground and in changing rooms. Bullies come from all walks of life; they bully for a variety of reasons and may even have been abused themselves. Typically bullies can have low self-esteem, be, aggressive, jealous and excitable. Crucially, they have learnt how to gain power over others. It occurs if someone regardless of age or gender:

Name calls, teases, threatens, uses graffiti or gestures
Intimidates, torments, ridicules or humiliates
Hits, kicks or thieves
Uses racist or homophobic taunts
Is overly sarcastic to another person
Uses unwanted physical contact or abusive comments

The competitive nature of sport makes it an ideal environment for the bully. The bully in sport can be:

A parent who pushes too hard.
A coach who adopts a win-at-all-costs philosophy.
A player who intimidates others.
An official who places unfair pressure on a person.

Coaches hold a position of power in the relationship with their athlete and must not abuse this position to bully children/ vulnerable young adults in their care. It is a requirement for all within BJA to ensure that there are sufficient mechanisms to
allow children to be able report instances of bullying. Accusations of bullying may occur when the coach is:

Overly zealous
Resorts to aggressive, physical or verbal behaviour
Torments, humiliates or ignores his/her athlete


           

 

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