ANTI-BULLYING POLICY FOR SCHOOLS
Kidscape guidelines were used to formulate this policy
Cobham 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 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 effectively. We are a TELLING school. This means that anyone who knows that bullying 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 (e.g. hiding books, threatening gestures)
- Physical - Pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence
- Racist - Racial taunts, graffiti, gestures
- Sexual - Uuwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments
- Homophobic - Because of, or focussing on the issue of sexuality
- 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
- Misuse of associated technology , i.e. camera &video facilities
Bullying hurts. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Everybody has the right to be treated with respect. Pupils who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving.
- Put in place a whole school approach to combating bullying
- Reduce the number of reported incidents of bullying in the school
- Monitor the incidence of reported bullying so that we know if our policy is being effective
Parental support is often a key to success or failure in anti-bullying initiatives. Though not always apparent, parental approval is important to children and young people of all ages, and some schools have learned to build on this. The majority of parents support anti-bullying measures and are keen to participate. Consultation is important, helping create an ethos in which positive behaviour is encouraged, and bullying considered unacceptable.
However, a significant few do hold unhelpful attitudes saying bullying is an inevitable (even desirable) part of growing up and encouraging bullied children to ‘stand up for themselves’ rather than seek help. While understandable, this conflicts with the aim of most anti-bullying initiatives to encourage children to tell staff about bullying rather than try to fight back.
Useful approaches include:
Regular consultation and communication · providing information about the nature and effects of bullying, by means of posters displayed in the school and information packs presenting the findings of surveys
Advising parents of possible consequences of their children bringing valuable items to school
Advisory Centre for Education (ACE) 0808 800 5793
Children's Legal Centre 0845 345 4345
KIDSCAPE Parents Helpline (Mon-Fri, 10-4) 0845 1 205 204
Parentline Plus 0808 800 2222
Youth Access 020 8772 9900
Bullying Online www.bullying.co.uk
Policy reviewed November 2011