Anti Bullying Policy

Hindsford CE Primary School

Anti Bullying Policy.

Statement of Intent

We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our pupils so that they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our school. If bullying does occur, all pupils should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and efficiently. We are a TELLING school. This means that anyone who knows that bulling is happening is expected to tell the staff.

What is Bullying?

Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person. Bullying results in pain and distress to the victim.

Bullying can be:

  • Emotional: being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (eg. hiding books, threatening gestures)
  • Physical: pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence
  • Racist: racial taunts, graffiti, gestures
  • 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
  • Cyber: all areas of internet, such as email and internet chat room misuse, mobile threats by text messaging and calls, misuse of associated technology, ie. Camera and video facilities

What isn’t Bullying?

Falling out

Not playing a game

Not sharing items/friends

Not winning at sport with friends

Signs and Symptoms

A child may indicate by signs or behaviour that he or she is being bullied. Adults should be aware of these possible signs and that they should investigate if a child:

  • Is frightened of walking to or from school
  • Doesn’t want to go on the school/public bus
  • Changes their usual routine
  • Is unwilling to go to school (school phobic)
  • Becomes withdrawn, anxious or lacking in confidence
  • Starts stammering
  • Attempts suicide or runs away
  • Cries themselves to sleep at night or has nightmares
  • Begins to do poorly in school work
  • Comes home with clothes torn or books damaged
  • Has possessions which are damaged or go missing
  • Asks for money or starts stealing money (to pay the bully)
  • Has unexplained cuts or bruises
  • Becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable
  • Is bullying other children or siblings
  • Is frightened to say what is wrong
  • Is afraid to use the internet or mobile phone
  • Is nervous and jumpy when a cyber message is received
  • Gives improbable excuses for any of the above

These signs and behaviours could indicate other problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility and should be investigated.

Procedures

  1. Report bullying incidents to staff
  2. In cases of serious bullying, the incidents will be recorded by Mr Wigman (Pastoral Manager)
  3. In serious cases parents should be informed and will be asked to come in to a meeting to discuss the problem
  4. If necessary and appropriate the police will be consulted
  5. The bullying behaviour or threats of bullying must be investigated and the bullying stopped quickly
  6. An attempt will be made to help the bully/bullies change their behaviour
  7. Bullying is deterred through our Christian environment: assembly, prayer and reflection, circle time, R Time and SEAL

Outcomes

  1. The bully/bullies may be asked to genuinely apologise. Other consequences may take place.
  2. In serious cases, suspension or even exclusion will be considered
  3. If possible the pupils will be reconciled
  4. After the incident/incidents have been investigated and dealt with each case will be monitored to ensure repeated bullying does not take place

Prevention

We will use various methods for helping children to prevent bullying, As and when appropriate, these may include:

  • Writing a set of school rules
  • Signing a behaviour contract
  • Writing stories or poems or drawing pictures about bullying
  • Reading stories about bullying or have them read to a class or assembly
  • Making up role plays
  • Having discussions about bullying and why it matters

Help Organisations

Advisory Centre for Education (ACE) 0808 800 5793

Children’s Legal Help

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