ANTI-BULLYING POLICY EXCHANGE2



Statement of Intent

We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our young people so they can enjoy a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at Exchange2 If bullying does occur, All young people should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. We are a TELLING organisation 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:



Why is it Important to Respond to Bullying?

Bullying hurts. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Everybody has the right to be treated with respect. Young people who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving.


Exchange2 has a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to issues of bullying.


Objectives of this Policy


Signs and Symptoms

A young person may indicate by signs or behaviour that he or she is being bullied. Adults should be aware of these possible signs and that they should investigate if a child:


These signs and behaviours could indicate other problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility and should be investigated

Procedures

  1. Report serious bullying incidents to the child protection officer.

  2. In serious cases parents should be informed and will be asked to come in to a meeting to discuss the problem

  3. If necessary and appropriate, police will be consulted

  4. The bullying behaviour or threats of bullying must be investigated and the bullying stopped quickly

  5. An attempt will be made to help the bully (bullies) change their behaviour


Outcomes

1) The bully (bullies) may be asked to genuinely apologise. Other consequences may take place.

2) If possible, the young people will be reconciled

  1. After the incident / incidents have been investigated and dealt with, each case will be monitored to ensure repeated bullying does not take place.

Prevention

We will use KIDSCAPE methods for helping children to prevent bullying. As and when appropriate, these may include:



With thanks to Kidscape Policy adopted...................

To be reviewed...................



Visit the Kidscape website www.kidscape.org.uk for further support, links and advice.