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Anti-bullying

Our views

Whitcliffe Mount School is committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe establishment for all of our students so they can learn in a positive and secure environment.  Bullying of any kind is unacceptable in the school. If bullying does occur, all students should be able to inform staff and be confident that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively.

Recent research suggests that most children and young people do not feel that actions need to be systematic or sustained to be called bullying.  Their most important reason for calling something bullying is the adverse effect an action has on the victim, even if the effect was not intended.  Children and young people usually distinguish between incidents of fighting and bullying.

 

Our objectives

We will aim to ensure that:

  • Our children feel safe from bullying.
  • Our children and parents are confident appropriate action will be taken if bullying does occur.
  • Our children and parents contribute to the development of policies and strategies to reduce bullying.
  • School will work with services to achieve a co-ordinated approach to reduce bullying.
  • Everyone in our school community is committed to tackling bullying and creating an environment in which bullying is unacceptable.
  • All staff understand that bullying of young people does not exist just in schools; it exists in settings in the wider community. We will work with our partners e.g. Police, to address anti-bullying within the community.

 

Our procedures

We have a very clear procedure in school for reporting friendship concerns and/or bullying:

STAGES

DISPLAYED BEHAVIOUR

CONSEQUENCE

STAGE 1

Friendship concerns

One off friendship concern, examples to include;

Making people unhappy, making fun of people. Invading somebody’s personal space. Isolated misuse of electronic devices. Not playing with others and leaving them out. Making faces, name calling. Stealing or hiding someone’s belongings.

Restorative practice (if agreed & appropriate)/discussion/parent/carer contact/student support

STAGE 2

Friendship concerns repeated

All the above +

Repeated and deliberate.

Breaking something that is special. Spoiling their games and work. Whispering or ignoring someone. Misuse of electronic devices.

Restorative practice (if agreed & appropriate)/detention/parent/carer contact/student support

STAGE 3

Bullying concerns

All the above +

Continued and escalating incidents. Bringing outside issues in to school.

Restorative practice (if agreed & appropriate)/SLT 1/ PSP for perpetrator/parent/carer contact/student support

STAGE 4

Bullying concerns (persistent)

All the above +

Continued and escalating incidents.

Restorative practice (if agreed & appropriate)/SLT 2/review of PSP for perpetrator/parent/carer contact/student support

STAGE 5

Bullying concerns  (severe)

All the above +

Continued and escalating incidents.

Restorative practice (if agreed & appropriate)/isolation/review of PSP for perpetrator/parent/carer meeting/student support

 

STAGE 6

Bullying concerns (extreme)

 

All the above +

Despite all restoratives/intervention/consequences inappropriate behaviour continues. 

Restorative practice (if agreed & appropriate)/ review of PSP for perpetrator/parent/carer meeting/governor panel/student support/school partnership/fixed-term exclusion

Anti-bullying contacts

Childline

www.childline.org.uk  

Free 24hour telephone lines for children and young people: Telephone 0800 1111

 

The Children’s Legal Centre

www.childrenslegalcentre.com  

Tel: 01206 872466 (Administration/publications)

Tel: 01206 874807 (Education Law & Advocacy Unit)

Education Law Advice Line: 0845 456 6811

 

Parentline Plus

 www.parentlineplus.org.uk  

www.besomeonetotell.org.uk  

Tel: 0808 800 2222

 

The Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA)

Founded in 2002 by NSPCC and National Children’s Bureau, the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) brings together over 100 organisations into one network to develop and share good practice across the whole range of bullying issues.

 http://www.kidscape.org.uk/

 

Panone Anti Bullying Blog

David Cook, a solicitor at Pannone, has written a guide for parents on cyberbullying and how to spot it. It talks about how to spot if your child is being cyberbullied, what to do to minimise the chances of it happening and what to do if it does happen. It’s a really informative article, and you can find it here:

http://www.pannone.com/media-centre/blog/cybercrime-blog/what-will-it-take-protect-our-children-cyber-bullying

 

Counselling Directory

Counselling Directory is a confidential service that encourages those in distress to seek help. The directory contains information on many different types of distress, as well as articles, news, and events.

http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/bullying.html