Kent County Council Children, Families and Education Directorate
ANTI-BULLYING POLICY STATEMENT
DOWNS VIEW INFANT SCHOOL
Key Contact Personnel in School
Nominated Member of Leadership Staff Responsible for the policy: Tracy Kent
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Tracy Kent Headteacher
Named Governor with lead responsibility: Felicity Moore
Date written: September 2017
Date agreed and ratified by Governing Body:
Date of next review: September 2018
This policy will be reviewed at least annually, and following any concerns and/or updates to national and local guidance or procedures
Downs View Infant School School Anti-Bullying Policy
This policy is based on DfE guidance “Preventing and Tackling Bullying” July 2017 and supporting documents. It also takes into account the DfE statutory guidance “Keeping Children Safe in Education” 2016. The school has read Childnet’s “Cyberbullying: Understand, Prevent and Respond: Guidance for Schools”.
1) Policy objectives:
This policy outlines what Downs View Infant School school will do to prevent and tackle all forms of bullying.
The policy has been adopted with the involvement of the whole school community.
Downs View Infant School is committed to developing an anti-bullying culture where the bullying of adults, children or young people is not tolerated in any form.
2) Links with other school policies and practices
This policy links with a number of other school policies, practices and action plans including:
o Behaviour and discipline policy
o Complaints policy
o Child protection policy
o Confidentiality policy
o Online safety and Acceptable use policies(AUP)
o Curriculum policies, such as: PSHE, citizenship and computing
3) Links to legislation
There are a number of pieces of legislation which set out measures and actions for schools in response to bullying, as well as criminal and civil law. These may include (but are not limited to):
o The Education and Inspection Act 2006, 2011
o The Equality Act 2010
o The Children Act 1989
o Protection from Harassment Act 1997
o The Malicious Communications Act 1988
o Public Order Act 1986
It is the responsibility of:
o The headteacher to communicate this policy to the school community, to ensure that disciplinary measures are applied fairly, consistently and reasonably, and that a member of the senior leadership team has been identified to take overall responsibility.
o School Governors to take a lead role in monitoring and reviewing this policy.
o All staff, including: governors, senior leadership, teaching and non-teaching staff, to support, uphold and implement this policy accordingly.
o Parents/carers to support their children and work in partnership with the school. o Pupils to abide by the policy.
5) Definition of bullying
Bullying is “behaviour by an individual or a group, repeated over time that intentionally hurts another individual either physically or emotionally”. (DfE “Preventing and Tackling Bullying”, July 2017)
Bullying can include: name calling, taunting, mocking, making offensive comments; kicking; hitting; taking belongings; producing offensive graffiti; gossiping; excluding people from groups and spreading hurtful and untruthful rumours.
This includes the same unacceptable behaviours expressed online, sometimes called online or cyberbullying. This can include: sending offensive, upsetting and inappropriate messages by phone, text, instant messenger, through gaming, websites, social media sites and apps, and sending offensive or degrading photos or videos.
Bullying can be a form of peer on peer abuse and can be emotionally abusive; it can cause severe and adverse effects on children’s emotional development.
6) Forms of bullying covered by this policy
Bullying can happen to anyone. This policy covers all types of bullying including:
o Bullying related to race, religion, nationality or culture
o Bullying related to SEND (Special Educational Needs or Disability)
o Bullying related to appearance or physical/mental health conditions
o Bullying related to sexual orientation (homophobic bullying)
o Bullying of young carers, children in care or otherwise related to home circumstances
o Sexist,sexual and transphobic bullying
o Bullying via technology, known as online or cyber bullying
7) School ethos
Downs View Infant School community recognises that bullying, especially if left unaddressed, can have a devastating effect on individuals; it can create a barrier to learning and have serious consequences for mental wellbeing. By effectively preventing and tackling bullying, our schools can help to create safe, disciplined environment, where pupils are able to learn and fulfil their potential.
o Monitors and reviews our anti-bullying policy and practice on a regular basis.
o Supports staff to promote positive relationships, to help prevent bullying.
o Recognises that some members of our community may be more vulnerable to bullying and its impact than others; being aware of this will help us to develop effective strategies to prevent bullying from happening and provide appropriate support, if required.
o Will intervene by identifying and tackling bullying behaviour appropriately and promptly.
o Ensures our pupils are aware that bullying concerns will be dealt with sensitively and effectively; that everyone should feel safe to learn and abide by the anti-bullying policy.
o Requires all members of the community to work with the school to uphold the anti-bullying policy.
o Reports back to parents/carers regarding concerns on bullying, dealing promptly with complaints.
o Seeks to learn from good anti-bullying practice elsewhere.
o Utilises support from the Local Authority and other relevant organisations when appropriate.
8) Responding to bullying
The following steps may be taken when dealing with all incidents of bullying reported to the school:
o If bullying is suspected or reported, the incident will be dealt with immediately by the member of staff who has been approached or witnessed the concern.
o The school will provide appropriate support for the person being bullied – making sure they are not at risk of immediate harm and will involve them in any decision-making, as appropriate.
o The headteacher/designated safeguarding lead or another member of leadership staff will interview all parties involved.
o The designated safeguarding lead will be informed of all bullying issues where there are safeguarding concerns.
o The school will inform other staff members, and parents/carers, where appropriate.
o Sanctions (as identified within the school behaviour policy) and support for individuals will be implemented, in consultation with all parties concerned.
o If necessary, other agencies may be consulted or involved, such as: the police (if a criminal offence has been committed) or other local services including early help or children’s social care (if a child is felt to be at risk of significant harm).
o Where the bullying takes place off school site or outside of normal school hours(including cyberbullying), the school will ensure that the concern is fully investigated. Appropriate action will be taken, including providing support and implementing sanctions in school in accordance with the school’s behaviour policy.
o A clear and precise account of the incident will be recorded by the school in accordance with existing procedures. This will include recording appropriate details regarding decisions and action taken.
When responding to cyberbullying concerns, the school will:
o Act as soon as an incident has been reported or identified.
o Provide appropriate support for the person who has been cyber bullied and work with the person who has carried out the bullying to ensure that it does not happen again.
o Encourage the person being bullied to keep any evidence (screenshots) of the bullying activity to assist any investigation.
o Take all available steps where possible to identify the person responsible. This may include:
- looking at use of the school systems;
- identifying and interviewing possible witnesses;
- Contacting the service provider and the police, if necessary.
o Work with the individuals and online service providers to prevent the incident from spreading and assist in removing offensive or upsetting material from circulation. This may include:
- Support reports to a service provider to remove content if those involved are unable to be identified or if those involved refuse to or are unable to delete content.
- Confiscating and searching pupils’ electronic devices, such as mobile phones, in accordance with the law and also the school searching and confiscation policy.
- Requesting the deletion of locally-held content and content posted online if they contravene school behavioural policies.
o Ensure that sanctions are applied to the person responsible for the cyberbullying; the school will take steps to change the attitude and behaviour of the bully, as well as ensuring access to any additional help that they may need.
o Inform the police if a criminal offence has been committed.
o Provide information to staff and pupils regarding steps they can take to protect themselves online.
This may include:
- advising those targeted not to retaliate or reply;
- providing advice on blocking or removing people from contact lists;
- helping those involved to think carefully about what private information they may have in the public domain.
Pupils who have been bullied will be supported by:
o Reassuring the pupil and providing continuous support.
o Offering an immediate opportunity to discuss the experience with their teacher, the designated safeguarding lead, or a member of staff of their choice.
o Being advised to keep a record of the bullying as evidence and discuss how respond to concerns and build resilience as appropriate.
o Working towards restoring self-esteem and confidence.
o Providing on going support; this may include:
- working and speaking with staff, offering formal
- counselling, engaging with parents and carers.
o Where necessary, working with the wider community and local/national organisations to provide further or specialist advice and guidance; this could include support through Early Help or Specialist Children’s Services, or support through Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
Pupils who have perpetrated the bullying will be helped by:
o Discussing what happened, establishing the concern and the need to change.
o Informing parents/carers to help change the attitude and behaviour of the child.
o Providing appropriate education and support regarding their behaviour or actions.
o If online, requesting that content be removed and reporting accounts/content to service provider.
o Sanctioning,inlinewithschoolbehaviour/disciplinepolicy;thismayincludeofficialwarnings, removal of privileges (including online access when encountering cyberbullying concerns), and fixed-term or permanent exclusions.
o Where necessary, working with the wider community and local/national organisations to provide further or specialist advice and guidance; this may include involvement from the Police or referrals to Early Help, Specialist Children’s Services, or Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) as appropriate.
Our school takes measures to prevent and tackle bullying among pupils; however, it is equally important to recognise that bullying of staff and parents, whether by pupils, parents or other staff members, is unacceptable.
Adults (staff and parents) who have been bullied or affected will be supported by:
o Offering an immediate opportunity to discuss the concern with the designated safeguarding lead, a senior member of staff and/or the headteacher.
o Advising them to keep a record of the bullying as evidence and discuss how to respond to concerns and build resilience, as appropriate.
o Where the bullying takes place off school site or outside of normal school hours (including online), the school will still investigate the concern and ensure that appropriate action is taken in accordance with the schools behaviour and discipline policy.
o Reporting offensive or upsetting content and/or accounts to the service provider, where the bullying has occurred online.
o Reassuring and offering appropriate support.
o Working with the wider community and local/national organisations to provide further or specialist advice and guidance.
Adults (staff and parents) who have perpetrated the bullying will be helped by:
o Discussing what happened with a senior member of staff and/or the headteacher to establish the concern.
o Establishing whether a legitimate grievance or concern has been raised and signposting to the school’s official complaints procedures.
o If online, requesting that content be removed.
o Instigating disciplinary, civil or legal action as appropriate or required.
9) Preventing bullying
The whole school community will:
o Create and support an inclusive environment which promotes a culture of mutual respect, consideration and care for others, which will be upheld by all.
o Recognise that bullying can be perpetrated or experienced by any member of the community, including adults and children (peer on peer abuse).
o Openly discuss differences between people that could motivate bullying,such as: religion, ethnicity, disability, gender, sexuality or appearance related difference. Also children with different family situations, such as looked after children or those with caring responsibilities.
o Challenge practice and language which does not uphold the values of tolerance, non-discrimination and respect towards others.
o Be encouraged to use technology, especially mobile phones and social media positively and responsibly.
o Work with staff, the wider community and outside agencies to prevent and tackle concerns including all forms of prejudice-driven bullying.
o Actively create “safespaces” for vulnerable children and young people.
o Celebrate success and achievements to promote and build a positive school ethos.
Policy and Support
The whole school community will:
o Provide a range of approaches for pupils, staff and parents/carers to access support and report concerns.
o Regularly update and evaluate our practice to take into account the developments of technology and provide up-to-date advice and education to all members of the community regarding positive online behaviour.
o Take appropriate, proportionate and reasonable action, inline with existing school policies, for any bullying bought to the schools attention, which involves or effects pupils, even when they are not on school premises; for example, when using school transport or online, etc.
o Implement appropriate disciplinary sanctions; the consequences of bullying will reflect the seriousness of the incident, so that others see that bullying is unacceptable.
o Use a variety of techniques to resolve the issues between those who bully, and those who have been bullied.
Education and Training
The school community will:
o Train all staff, including: teaching staff, support staff (e.g.administration staff, lunchtime support staff and site support staff) and pastoral staff, to identify all forms of bullying and take appropriate action, following the school’s policy and procedures (including recording and reporting incidents).
o Consider a range of opportunities and approaches for addressing bullying throughout the curriculum and other activities, such as: through displays, assemblies, peer support, the school/student council, etc.
o Provide systematic opportunities to develop pupils’ social and emotional skills, including building their resilience and self-esteem.
10) Involvement of pupils
o Involve pupils in policy writing and decision making, to ensure that they understand the school’s approach and are clear about the part they have to play to prevent bullying. .
o Ensure that all pupils know how to express worries and anxieties about bullying.
o Ensure that all pupils are aware of the range of sanctions which may be applied against those engaging in bullying.
o Involve pupils in anti-bullying campaigns in schools and embedded messages in the wider school curriculum.
o Publicise the details of internal support, as well as external help lines and websites.
o Offer support to pupils who have been bullied and to those who are bullying in order to address the problems they have.
11) Involvement and liaison with parents and carers
o Take steps to involve parents and carers in develop policies and procedures, to ensure they are aware that the school does not tolerate any form of bullying.
o Make sure that key information about bullying (including policies and named points of contact) is available to parents/carers in a variety of formats.
o Ensure all parents/carers know who to contact if they are worried about bullying and where to access independent advice.
o Work with all parents/carers and the local community to address issues beyond the school gates that give rise to bullying.
o Ensure that parents work with the school to role model positive behaviour for pupils, both on and offline.
o Ensure all parents/carers know about our complaints procedure and how to use it effectively, to raise concerns in an appropriate manner.
12) Monitoring and review: putting policy into practice
The school will ensure that they regularly monitor and evaluate mechanisms to ensure that the policy is being consistently applied.
Any issues identified will be incorporated into the school’s action planning.
The headteacher will be informed of bullying concerns, as appropriate.
The named Governor for bullying will report on a regular basis to the governing body on incidents of bullying, including outcomes.
13) Useful links and supporting organisations
Anti-Bullying Alliance: www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk
Family Lives: www.familylives.org.uk
The BIG Award: www.bullyinginterventiongroup.co.uk/index.php
PSHE Association: www.pshe-association.org.uk
Restorative Justice Council: www.restorativejustice.org.uk
The Diana Award: www.diana-award.org.uk
Victim Support: www.victimsupport.org.uk
Young Minds: www.youngminds.org.uk
The Restorative Justice Council: www.restorativejustice.org.uk/restorative-practice-schools
Changing Faces: www.changingfaces.org.uk
Anti-Bullying Alliance Cyberbullying and children and young people with SEN and disabilities:www.cafamily.org.uk/media/750755/cyberbullying_and_send_-_module_final.pdf
DfE: SEND code of practice: www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-code-of-practice-0-to-25
Childnet International: www.childnet.com
Internet Watch Foundation: www.iwf.org.uk
Think U Know: www.thinkuknow.co.uk
UK Safer Internet Centre: www.saferinternet.org.uk
The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) www.gov.uk/government/groups/uk-council-for-child-internet-safety-ukccis
Race, religion and nationality
- Barnardos LGBT Hub: www.barnardos.org.uk/what_we_do/our_work/lgbtq.htm
- Metro Charity: www.metrocentreonline.org
- EACH: www.eachaction.org.uk
- Proud Trust: www.theproudtrust.org
- Schools Out: www.schools-out.org.uk
- Stonewall: www.stonewall.org.uk
Sexual harrassment and sexual bullying
- Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAW) www.endviolenceagainstwomen.org.uk
- Disrespect No Body: www.gov.uk/government/publications/disrespect-nobody-campaign-posters
- Anti-bullying Alliance: advice for school staff and professionals about developing effective anti-bullying practice in relation to sexual bullying
Additional links can be found in ‘Preventing and Tackling Bullying’ (July 2017)