In the Norwegian Rugby Federation (NRF), we want you to report any unethical behaviour that’s is contrary to our values. Furthermore, report any behaviour on and off the field, that may weaken the NRF image and reputation.
Norwegian sport has a zero tolerance for any form of discrimination or harassment. If so, the correct procedures and punishments will follow.
NIF have prepared websites that have guidelines on how to handle these cases. With enough notice, aid can be given from special unions. Click here for these pages.
What Can You Report?
Examples of what can be notified are:
- Violation of the competition rules.
- Violation of ethical guidelines.
- Sexual harassment and abuse.
- Bullying, harassment and discrimination.
- Financial fraud.
- Privacy and information security.
- Conditions that pose a danger to people’s lives and health.
- Substance abuse.
- Other matters worthy of criticism.
What Should a Report Contain?
A report notification should contain information about what has happened and who is affected.
In order for a report to be followed up, it is often necessary to be able to contact you as a notifier.
If you want to notify anonymously, this is possible, but there will be less chance that the notification can be followed up.
Remember that: The most important thing is not how you notified but that you report but that you do report!
How And To Whom Do I Notify/Report?
We recommend that you contact your club, if it concerns the club. Contact the manager or general manager of the club. You can also contact the NIF for advice in such cases, see contact information here; www.idrettsforbundet.no/overgrep
Unwanted condition or complaints in the Norwegian Rugby Federation should be sent directly to the General Secretary or to the President of the Federation. Contact information can be found here. Preferably use “notice/report” in the subject field. Violation of competition rules is handled by the disciplinary committee of the NRF: firstname.lastname@example.org
How Are Alerts Handled In The Norwegian Rugby Federation?
These basic principles should be taken into account when handling an alert:
- All alerts must be taken seriously.
- The recipient of a notice must always ensure proper handling of the case.
- Notification cases must be treated confidentially. Confidentiality in this context means that the identity of the notifier and the person(s) shall not be made known to more than what is necessary for the further processing of the case.
- The person who has notified must receive confirmation that a notification has been received, and receive information about the outcome of the case, unless the notifications are anonymous.
- The whistleblower must be protected against retaliation.
The recipient of the notification shall carry out the necessary examinations of the notification as soon as possible and take appropriate measures on the basis of the results of his investigations. It must be considered specifically in each individual case who will be involved in the further processing of the case. Alerts and the person notified are given the opportunity to present their views on the case, and must be able to be assisted by a shop steward.
If further investigations of a case are initiated, the person / persons who are notified shall be made aware of the notification, what information has been provided and be given the opportunity to present their version of the case. The person who has been notified shall be given the opportunity to be assisted by a person he or she trusts.
In cases where it is important for the sake of police investigation that the person who has been notified is not made aware of the notification, it will not be informed of the notification.
If the outcome of the case shows that there are no matters worthy of criticism, those involved in the case shall receive feedback that the case has been closed. If no conditions worthy of criticism have been found, and the person who has been notified has also been made aware of the notification, feedback is given to both the notifier and the person notified. The feedback is given as quickly as possible, and must be given in such a way that the person who has been notified may feel free from suspicion. If the person being notified has not been involved in the case and no objectionable matter has emerged, it will in principle not be natural to give feedback to the person in question.
Those who have processed the notification must prepare a log of all cases they receive, stating whether the case was processed, how it was processed, who participated and the result of the notification. Logs and other case documents must be archived and stored as confidential in a secure manner.