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Anti Bullying Policy

 

 

“Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.” Proverbs 10:11-13
Bullying
They threaten me in the classroom
I think of my doom
They threaten me in the playground
I just want to run around
Bullying can be emotional you don't know what they'll say
The words just come out - they do it all day
The bullies hurt me all the time, they're just cowards
They want to do it at school everywhere and I feel overpowered

 

Background and Context

All Saints Catholic College is a voluntary aided college under the control of the Catholic Diocese of Leeds. The school is an 11-16 mixed comprehensive college taking students from Huddersfield Deanery, which including Brighouse.  Students also attend from Elland, from Halifax and from Bradford.

 

Number of students currently on roll : 730

 

Aim of the Policy
The aim of the All Saints Catholic College anti-bullying policy is to ensure that all students can learn and all staff can work in a supportive, caring and safe environment without fear of being bullied. The policy has been communicated to all staff, parents, students and governors of the school.

 

Objectives of this Policy

  • That all members of the All Saints community; governors, teaching and support staff, pupils and parents should have an understanding of what bullying is.
  • That all governors and teaching and support staff should know what the college policy is on bullying, and follow it when bullying is reported.
  • That all pupils and parents should know what the college policy is on bullying, and what they should do if bullying arises.
  • That pupils and parents should be assured that they will be supported when bullying is reported because as a college, we take bullying seriously. 
  • That all members of the college community know that bullying will not be tolerated.

 

What Is Bullying?

 

Definition of Bullying:

 

‘Bullying as the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. Bullying can be physical, verbal or psychological. It can happen face-to-face or through cyberspace’.

 

Anti-Bullying Alliance 2012

 

Bullying can be:

 

Emotional                            

being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding books,
Looks, making threats, gestures)

Physical                               

pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence

Sexual                                  

unwanted physical contact (usually in inappropriate parts) of the body or sexually abusive comments.

Homophobic          

focussing on the issue of sexuality.  Staff should be on alert for students being taunted with phrases like “you’re gay” or “that’s gay” and reprimand according to the schools behaviour policy.

Racist                                   

racial taunts, graffiti, gestures, physical harm

Verbal                                   

name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing

Cyber                                    
 

All areas of internet ,such as  email & internet chat room
misuse
Mobile threats by text messaging & calls (staff should familiarise themselves with the E-safety policy written in conjunction with Kirklees)
Misuse of associated technology, i.e. camera &video facilities; staff should also link to the E-safety Policy (written in conjunction with Kirklees) in school and familiarise themselves with this.

 

Signs and Symptoms of Bullying
A child may indicate by signs or behaviour that he or she is being bullied.  Parents, Carers and college staff should be aware of these possible signs and that they should investigate if a student:

 

  • is frightened of walking to or from school
  • doesn't want to go on the school / public bus
  • begs to be driven to college
  • changes their usual routine
  • is unwilling to go to college (school phobic)
  • begins to truant
  • becomes withdrawn anxious, or lacking in confidence
  • starts stammering
  • attempts or threatens suicide or runs away
  • cries themselves to sleep at night or has nightmares
  • feels ill in the morning
  • begins to do poorly in college work or their work patterns change
  • 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 bully)
  • has dinner or other monies continually "lost"
  • has unexplained cuts or bruises
  • comes home starving (money / lunch has been stolen)
  • becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable
  • is bullying other children or siblings
  • stops eating
  • is frightened to say what's wrong
  • gives improbable excuses for any of the above
  • is afraid to use the internet or mobile phone
  • is nervous & jumpy when a cyber message is received

 

Although these signs and behaviours could be indicative of other problems, bullying should be considered a possibility and should be investigated

 

Statutory duty of schools

The Head teacher has a legal duty under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 to draw up procedures to prevent bullying among pupils and to bring these procedures to the attention of staff, parents and pupils.

 

Implementation
For the policy to be effective students must be encouraged to report any incidents of bullying in college. This is done with the Keep Safe Card.  The Keep Safe Card has several useful telephone numbers (including a text messaging service to allow students to report incidences of bullying) and is wallet sized.   The need to report incidents of bullying is done frequently through reminders from posters in year group social areas, Form Tutors and Achievement Coordinators about the need to report bullying incidents. The college always supports the work of Anti-Bullying Week & raises awareness of this.
Teaching and support staff must be alert to the signs of bullying and act promptly and firmly against it in accordance with the college policy. Key pastoral and senior staff have been trained by Kidscape in Bullying Intervention, and this training been introduced across the year groups to ensure that there are many strategies in place to prevent and reduce incidences of bullying throughout the school.
The policy will be promoted and implemented throughout the college.
Within the curriculum the college will raise the awareness of the nature of bullying through inclusion in PSHCE programme, tutor time, year group assemblies and subject areas, as appropriate, in an attempt to eradicate any such behaviour.

 

The senior team have implemented a new order to the running of the school day so that year groups have break times separately & in lunch year groups cross over for a short period of time. This is so year groups can access social areas independently of each other & to reduce the number of students hanging around on corridors.

 

Procedures

 

If a student is being bullied:


 

  • Report bullying incidents to staff
  • The bullying behaviour or threats of bullying must be investigated and the bullying stopped quickly
  • In cases of serious bullying, the incidents will be recorded by staff and kept on file
  • Further to this, in serious cases parents should be informed and will be asked to come in to a meeting to discuss the problem
  • If necessary and appropriate, police will be consulted (especially in the case of cyber-bullying
  • Strategies will be used to help the bully (bullies) change their behaviour
  • A support group is available for any student that has been a victim/bully or in need or emotional support to learn how to adopt coping strategies.

 

College
The following steps must be taken when dealing with incidents:

 

  • If bullying is suspected or reported, the incident will be dealt with immediately by the member of staff who has been approached and if appropriate the person designated for Safeguarding (Mrs Logan) should be contacted. 
  • a clear account of the incident will be recorded and given to the Achievement Co-ordinator / Designated Safeguarding Officer (Mrs Logan)
  • The Achievement Co-ordinator / Designated Safeguarding Officer will interview all concerned and will record the incident.
  • Form Tutors will be kept informed and if it persists the Head of Year will advise the appropriate subject teachers.
  • Parents will be kept informed of the situation as and when appropriate
  • The college reserves the tight to take disciplinary measures as appropriate and in consultation will all parties concerned.

 

Students


Students who have been bullied will be supported by:

 

  • offering an immediate opportunity to discuss the experience with a member of staff they trust, e.g. Form Tutor, Achievement Co-ordinator, staff within the STAR centre
  • reassuring the student
  • offering continuous support , e.g. Year 11 Prefects, buddy room, Form Tutor meetings, building new friendships, changes of classes in extreme cases.
  • restoring self-esteem and confidence e.g. by counselling with Catholic Care, school nurse, Bullying Intervention Training in the STAR Centre. If necessary or deemed appropriate a CAF will be completed to ensure further support is given.

 

Students who have bullied will be helped by:

  • discussing what happened
  • discovering why the student became involved
  • establishing the wrong doing and need to change
  • informing parents or guardians to help change the attitude of the student.
  • Bullying Intervention training if deemed appropriate.
  • If the victim of the bullying agrees, a restorative practice meeting will take place to resolve the situation with members of staff present.

 

Disciplinary action
The following disciplinary steps can be taken:

  • Note in journal
  • official warning from Achievement Co-ordinator to cease offending
  • detention
  • exclusion from certain areas of college premises
  • minor fixed-term internal exclusion
  • Persistent serious cases of bullying will lead to major fixed-term exclusion and signing of a bullying contract with student and parents.
  • Possible managed transfer to another school.
  • If there are repetitions of bullying by the student it could lead to permanent exclusion.

 

Monitoring, evaluation and review
The college will review this policy annually and assess its implementation and effectiveness. An analysis of bullying figures will be completed throughout the academic year, looking at year groups, sub groups & the nature of the bullying to support the work of the team in the next academic year.

 

Updated in light of changes November 2012 – T. Logan
To be reviewed: November 2013