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:
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 unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments
Homophobic because of, or focussing on the issue of sexuality
Verbal name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing
areas of internet ,such as email & internet chat room
Mobile threats by text messaging & calls
Misuse of associated technology , i.e. camera &video facilities
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
All trustees, staff, volunteers and young people should have an understanding of what bullying is.
They should be aware of procedures to follow in the case of bullying
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:
is frightened of walking to or from school
doesn't want to go on the school / public bus
changes their usual routine
becomes withdrawn anxious, or lacking in confidence
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 school work
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
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
These signs and behaviours could indicate other problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility and should be investigated
Report serious bullying incidents to the child protection officer.
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
The bullying behaviour or threats of bullying must be investigated and the bullying stopped quickly
An attempt will be made to help the bully (bullies) change their behaviour
1) The bully (bullies) may be asked to genuinely apologise. Other consequences may take place.
2) If possible, the young people will be reconciled
After the incident / incidents have been investigated and dealt with, each case will be monitored to ensure repeated bullying does not take place.
We will use KIDSCAPE methods for helping children to prevent bullying. As and when appropriate, these may include:
writing a set of Exchange2 rules
signing a behaviour contract
writing stories or poems or drawing pictures about bullying
making up role-plays (or using KIDSCAPE role-plays)
having discussions about bullying and why it matters
With thanks to Kidscape Policy adopted...................
To be reviewed...................
Visit the Kidscape website www.kidscape.org.uk for further support, links and advice.