​Community members

As a member of a sporting or other community group for young people, if you work in the law or youth justice, or if you provide health services to children and young people, you have an important role in ensuring all children are safe from bullying.

You can:

  • Ensure you have a clear understanding of what bullying is and what it is not. 'Bullying' is a word that is used for lots of things that are not actually bullying. Other behaviours may be just as serious, but may ​require different responses.
  • Make sure you know your state and national laws related to bullying. Some laws apply to community organisations as well as schools.
  • Check out your organisation's policy related to bullying, particularly if there are stated expectations about responding to children or young people reporting to your organisation.
  • Provide positive examples for children and young people of respectful behaviour and of appropriate ways to deal with interpersonal conflict.
  • Learn how to respond if you see bullying in your sporting or community group.
  • Think about whether your group values diversity and respects the inclusion of everyone, and promotes a positive environment where everyone feels safe and accepted.
  • Think about whether children and young people with disability are welcomed and reasonable adjustments are made to enable them to access and participate in all aspects on the club's activities alongside their peers.
  • Read about what works and also what doesn't work to counter bullying, to make sure your organisation is not promoting unhelpful ideas.
  • Approach your local schools to see if they would like your support to participate in the annual National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. Host your own anti-bullying events in your community and discuss ways to prevent bullying.
  • Support and applaud the work done by schools in your community to create a safe and supportive community for everyone.