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Committee  |  Coaching  |  Safety  |  Conduct  |  Fair & Care

This club is committed to ensuring that equity is incorporated across all aspects of its development. In doing so it acknowledges and adopts the following Sport England definition of sports equity.

Sports Equity is about fairness in sport, equality of access, recognising inequalities and taking steps to address them. It is about changing the culture and structure of sport to ensure it becomes equally accessible to everyone in society.

The club respects the rights, dignity and worth of every person and will treat everyone equally within the context of their sport, regardless of age, ability, gender, race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexuality or social/ economic status.

The club is committed to everyone having the right to enjoy their sport in an environment free from threat of intimidation, harassment and abuse.

All club members have a responsibility to oppose discriminatory behaviour and promote equality of opportunity.

The club will deal with any incidence of discriminatory behaviour seriously, according to club disciplinary procedures.

Anti-Bullying Policy

Bullying is not easy to define, can take many forms and is usually repeated over a period of time. The three main types of bullying are: physical (e.g. ‘hard hitting’ pushing) verbal (e.g. racist or homophobic remarks, threats, name calling) and emotional (e.g. isolating an individual from activities).

They will all include:

  • Deliberate hostility and aggression towards the victim
  • A victim who is weaker than the bully or bullies
  • An outcome which is always painful and distressing for the victim

Bullying behaviour may also include:

  • Other forms of violence
  • Deliberate ‘hard hitting’
  • Biased refereeing
  • Sarcasm, spreading rumours, persistent teasing or theft
  • Tormenting, ridiculing, humiliation
  • Racial taunts, graffiti gestures
  • Unwanted physical contact or abusive or offensive comment of a sexual nature

Emotional and verbal bullying is difficult to cope with or prove. It is of paramount importance that all clubs should adopt an anti-bullying policy to which all its members, coaches, fencers, staff, volunteers and parents subscribe to and accept

Every club will:

  • Take the problem seriously
  • Investigate any incidents
  • Talk to the bullies and victims separately

Decide on appropriate action, such as:

  • Obtain an apology from the bully(ies) to the victim
  • Inform parents of the bully(ies)
  • Insist on the return of items ‘borrowed’ or stolen
  • Insist bullies compensate the victim
  • Hold club or class discussions about bullying
  • Provide support where required

Whistle-blowing

Everyone at some point in their own or their child’s sporting life has concerns about things they observe within their sport. These may vary from simple bad manners to the outright dangerous and everything in between.

Often these concerns are relatively minor and can be easily resolved.

If you have any concerns with regard to the behaviour of any adult towards a young person whilst connected with fencing (wherever it might be), it is important that you share your concerns with British Fencing’s Child Protection Officer. The earlier you express your concern the more likely it is that it can be resolved quickly and without potentially further harm to any young person.

Doing nothing about it may seem the easiest thing to do, but what concerns YOU may also be the concern of others: it won’t go away and the situation could get worse.

All information received or discussed will be treated in confidence and only be shared with those individuals within the British Fencing Association or club(s) who will be able to manage and resolve the situation. On occasion it may be necessary to seek advice from or inform the statutory agencies e.g. Social Services or the Police.

All concerns will be taken seriously and be managed according to British Fencing’s Child Protection Policies and Procedures.

British Fencing is primarily concerned with the well being and safety of all members and participants in our sport, and will support anyone who in good faith, and where he/she has reasonable grounds for doing so, reports his/her concern that an adult is, or may be, abusing a child in any way, including bullying.

British Fencing will not discriminate against, victimize nor be judgmental of any official, volunteer or fencer who comes forward with genuine concerns.

Should you wish to put in writing your concerns, please address this to:

Child Protection Officer/Chair Disciplinary Committee
British Fencing
1 Baron’s Court
33 Rothschild Road
London W4 5HT

Or email Ismaycowen@aol.com

Please ensure that all correspondence is marked “Private & Confidential” “Addressee only”

If you would rather speak in person or by telephone, please initially email the above address with your contact number.