ANTI- BULLYING POLICY 2016
At Carnlough CIPS we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum within a happy, secure and stimulating environment which will foster a positive attitude to learning. All pupils have the right to access learning and to feel safe in the school environment. We believe that fostering mutual respect between staff, pupils and parents ensures that everyone has a voice and feels valued. We believe that bullying constitutes unacceptable behaviour and that any reports will be taken seriously. By developing procedures to deal with bullying the school is aiming to foster an atmosphere where pupils can confide in staff, knowing that bullying incidents in school will be handled positively, and that by telling a member of staff bullying will stop.
DEFINITION OF BULLYING
Bullying is repeated behaviour which aims consciously to hurt, intimidate or frighten someone causing him or her anxiety and distress. Bullying may be verbal, psychological or physical in nature and may be conducted by an individual or group. We are also aware that cyber bullying has become another form of bullying and will be addressed in our PDMU programme (Personal Development and Mutual Understanding) and through participation in Anti-bullying week, Safer Internet Day and through ICT lessons – see e-Safety Policy.
- To provide a secure environment in which pupils can report incidents confidently
- To show that bullying is taken seriously
- To enable staff to respond calmly and confidently to bullying incidents
- To reassure pupils that the school will protect and support all parties whilst issues are resolved
- To provide whole school positive programmes of personal development and citizenship
PROCEDURES FOR NOTING AND REPORTING BULLYING
- All reports of bullying, no matter how trivial, will be investigated and dealt with by the class teacher.
- Staff will have report sheets which will be filled in by all pupils concerned in the incident. This should be done immediately after the incident is reported.
- Pupils’ accounts will be read back to them. The distress of the person being bullied must be clearly discussed and understood, in a calm and supportive atmosphere.
- The pupil who has been bullied will be asked to report any further incident immediately to the member of staff.
- A follow-up meeting will be arranged where all concerned in the incident will review the situation. If there has been no repetition of the unacceptable behaviour the matter will be closed. Report sheets will then be destroyed at the end of the term of the incident.
- However, if a second incident occurs, pupils will be referred to the Principal and clearly warned that a further incident will result in their parents being informed and requested to come into school to discuss and resolve the situation. This will be recorded and filed.
Please note that, depending on the nature of the incident, the principal and parents may be involved at an earlier stage.
The clear message of these procedures is:
BULLYING WILL NOT BE TOLERATED AT CARNLOUGH CIPS
Members of staff who feel unable to deal effectively with an incident should refer the matter to the Principal. Research has shown that the majority of bullying incidents will stop at the first intervention. Those re-occurring, will highlight the pupils who are bullying or being bullied on a regular basis, and where longer term strategies will need to be employed.
This policy will be reviewed and evaluated every two years.
STRATEGIES WE MAY USE TO MINIMISE BULLYING
- Raise the level of awareness – parents- children- staff
- Mediation sessions to resolve conflict
- Assemblies on bullying
- Take part in annual Anti-Bullying Week activities organized by NIABF (Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum)
- Role play, class drama sessions
- Close supervision of children
- Changing routines where necessary
- Use of anti-bullying resources in school
- Follow-up of bullying incidents to assess whether routines or groupings need to be changed
Role of Governors
- to review the Anti-Bullying policy every two years
- to be aware of the programmes used in schools to raise awareness of bullying
- the Chairperson will deal with any complaints from parents regarding the school’s approach to bullying incidents
Role of Principal
- to provide staff with copies of the Anti-Bullying policy
- to have behaviour / anti-bullying placed on the agenda of staff meetings a minimum of once a term
- audit resources and update as necessary
- facilitate training for staff
- inform governors of work being undertaken in school
Role of Teaching Staff
- to retain a copy of the Anti-Bullying policy
- to take part in an annual review of the policy
- to plan a series of anti-bullying lesson annually
- to teach incidental lessons when appropriate
- to use effective strategies to manage behaviour in class
- to participate in appropriate training provided by the school or EA
Role of Non-Teaching Staff
- to be aware of the Anti-Bullying policy
- to report any incidents to teachers or the principal
Role of Parents
For parents who are concerned that their child is being bullied in school or is displaying bullying behaviour the following steps can be taken:
- Talk calmly to the child to find out as many facts as possible. Reassure the child that you will help and that reporting incidents is the right thing to do.
- Make sure the school knows about the incident and keep in touch with the school as the matter is being investigated.
- The Chairperson of the Board of Governors may be contacted if parents feel there has not been a satisfactory resolution of the problem.
- Further advice may be sought from the EA.
Role of Pupils
- Pupils are aware of who in school they can talk to if they are feeling worried or have a concern.
- Children will take part in Anti-bullying week.
- Children should be aware that the school has an anti-bullying policy and that incidents should be reported as soon as possible.
- Children should realise that they are responsible for their own behaviour and that, as a member of our school community, their behaviour has an impact on the well-being of other pupils in the school.