Overall Aims and Objectives
- To ensure that any incident of bullying is dealt with immediately and effectively
- To ensure that pupils understand the seriousness of bullying – what it is and the different forms it can take eg: verbal, exclusion, physical…
- To promote social skills and a good sense of right and wrong
- To ensure that any child who feels they are bullied have the confidence to report this to a member of staff
Our overall aim is that we have a bully-free school living out our Mission Statement. Our children will be actively encouraged to be respectful and loving to one another.
Responding to an incident or reported incident of bullying:
The member of staff dealing with the incident should determine the particulars of the situation – clarifying if the situation does indeed involve bullying (Several Times On Purpose)
- These incidents should be recorded and
- the Headteacher should be notified
- The ‘victim’ should be reassured that the situation will be dealt with
- Once the particulars have been clarified – with the assistance of credible witnesses if appropriate – the child responsible must be seen by the Headteacher (or the Deputy/Senior Staff in her absence)
- The unacceptable nature of any form of bullying should be reiterated to the child
- An apology must be given to the ‘victim’ – either written or verbal as appropriate by the child responsible
- The parents of all involved parties must be notified – preferably face to face but in some circumstances a letter may be the form of contact
- Sanctions must be put in place for the child responsible appropriate to both their age and the circumstances
- The Headteacher will ensure that the sanctions are in place and effective and that the ‘victim’ feels well supported in school
In some situations it may be necessary to involve external agencies, such as Catholic Care, Educational Psychologist. It will be the responsibility of the Headteacher, in liaison with the SENCO where appropriate, to contact any external involvement and to ensure the parent of the concerned child is informed. In such situations the Chair of Governors will also be informed.
This Policy has been agreed by staff and governors.
See also ‘Child Friendly Anti-Bullying Leaflet’