ANTI-BULLYING POLICY (October 2015)

Rationale

Bullying is not common in children of nursery age because most children express their emotions and anger openly. However, all bullying is unacceptable and we will respond to any bullying behaviour that does occur.

Objectives

  • To develop strategies that will help to prevent bullying and secure an effective response to bullying incidents.
  • To provide appropriate support for both victims and perpetrators after bullying has been reported.
  • To encourage children/staff/parents/carers/governors to take responsibility for challenging bullying.
  • To ensure that the school has an effective Anti-Bullying Policy that includes details of specific roles and responsibilities and relates to the school’s Behaviour Policy.
  • To ensure that adults are familiar with, and correctly apply, the Anti-Bullying Policy.
  • To ensure that the school records all bullying incidents and reports regularly to the Governing Body and to Sheffield Local Authority
  • To provide regular anti-bullying training for all staff

Definitions

Bullying is defined as deliberately hurtful behaviour, repeated over a period of time. Bullying can take many forms, but there are three main types that cause distress and have an emotional impact.

  • Physical e.g. hitting, kicking, theft
  • Verbal e.g. racist comments, homophobic remarks, threatened violence, ridicule, name calling
  • Indirect e.g. spreading rumours, isolation

Actions to be Taken to Combat Bullying

The school will combat bullying by

  • developing children’s social skills
  • encouraging children to be self-confident and self-aware, including how to keep themselves safe and what to do if they feel unhappy or unsafe
  • encouraging all children to tell a nursery adult if they are having difficulties with another child or with an adult
  • tackling any observed or reported bullying behaviour assertively
  • providing support for victims and working with perpetrators to change their behaviour

Evaluation Procedures

In order to assess the effectiveness of the Anti-Bullying Policy, the school will:

  • Monitor variation in number of reported incidents over a specific period.
  • Ensure that the policy is reviewed annually.

Updated 24th October 2015

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