Last year we saw loads of brilliant young people step forward and volunteer to be a part of the parkrun youth panel. Their very first assignment was to send in ideas for what they’d like to be included in an Anti-Bullying Policy.
After considering the many thoughtful and clever suggestions we received, parkrun’s Safeguarding Lead, Clare Fowler, has a sneak preview of the policy that’s been developed:
parkrun UK Anti-Bullying Policy
Bullying: The problem:
What is bullying?
There is no legal definition of bullying, but it is usually defined as behaviour that is:
Why is it important to respond to bullying?
The parkrun youth panel have put together the following code of behaviour:
parkrun commits to taking bullying and its impact seriously. Young people and parents/ carers should be assured that:
If you are an adult affected by bullying, parkrun recommends contacting one of these organisations to get specialised support:
We want parkrun to be a safe, friendly and positive experience for everyone. If you, or anyone you know, is affected by bullying at parkrun, please always speak up and tell a trusted adult, and don’t stop speaking up until the problem has been sorted.
A great big THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the policy. If you’d like to find out more about the youth panel, we always love hearing from you.
Clare Fowler (Safeguarding Lead)
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