Safe Guarding


Berkswell and Balsall Common Hockey Club adopts England Hockey’s Anti-bullying Policy and works in accordance with the following:


Berkswell and Balsall Common Hockey Club is committed to creating and maintaining an environment in which everyone involved in hockey is free from bullying.
Berkswell and Balsall Common Hockey Club is also committed to ensuring that concerns relating to bullying of anyone in hockey are taken seriously and acted upon swiftly and appropriately.
As a member of the club, it is expected that when you sign up to the club you adhere to this policy


Bullying is anything that is done with the intention of hurting or intimidating, frightening or upsetting another person.
Bullying is not always physical but it results in distress to the victim.
Instances of bullying can occur not only between young people but also from adult to young person and from adult to adult.

Bullying can be:
  • Emotional - persistently being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting, threatening gestures
  • Physical- pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence
  • Racist - racial taunts or language, graffiti, gestures, cultural discrimination
  • Sexual - unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments
  • Homophobic - because of, or focusing on the issue of sexuality
  • Verbal - name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing

It should be noted that bullying may not only occur through face to face contact.
Increasingly, bullying may occur through other forms of communication e.g. internet, email, text messaging and via social media.


  • Anyone acting for, or on behalf of, Berkswell and Balsall Common Hockey Club should have an understanding of what bullying is, and act in accordance with England Hockey’s anti-bullying policy
    (EH Anti-Bullying Policy).
  • Bullying of any kind is not acceptable and is not tolerated by anyone within Berkswell and Balsall Common Hockey Club.
  • Berkswell and Balsall Common Hockey Club promotes an inclusive culture and anyone who knows, or suspects, that bullying is happening must take the matter seriously and report it at the earliest opportunity to an appropriate club representative e.g. Coach, Captain, Welfare Officer, Club Captain or Chair (contact details via website).
  • All incidents or concerns of bullying must be acted upon swiftly.

Click here to view the England Hockey Anti-Bullying Guidance