Anti Bullying

Objectives

Maidstone and Malling Alternative Provision (MMAP) Anti-Bullying Policy outlines what MMAP will do to prevent and tackle bullying and discriminatory situations / incidents.

The policy has been drawn up through the involvement of the whole school community.

Our school community:

  • Discusses, monitors and reviews our anti-bullying policy on a regular basis.
  • Ensures that pupils are aware that all bullying concerns will be dealt with sensitively and effectively; that those pupils feel safe to learn; and that pupils abide by the anti-bullying policy.
  • Ensures that all members of the community are treated with respect.
  • Ensures that staff promote positive relationships and identify and tackle bullying appropriately.
  • Reports back to parents/carers regarding their concerns on bullying and deal promptly with complaints. Parents/ carers in turn work with the school to uphold the anti-bullying policy.
  • Seeks to learn from good anti-bullying practice elsewhere and utilises support from the Local Authority and other relevant organisations when appropriate.

Definition of bullying

Bullying is “Behaviour by an individual or a group, usually repeated over time, which intentionally hurts another individual either physically or emotionally”.

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.2 This includes the same inappropriate and harmful behaviours expressed via digital devises (cyberbullying) such as the sending of inappropriate messages by phone, text, Instant Messenger, through web-sites and social networking sites, and sending offensive or degrading images by phone or via the internet.

Forms of bullying covered by this Policy

Bullying can happen to anyone. This policy covers all types of bullying including:

  • Bullying related to race, religion or culture.
  • Bullying related to special educational needs.
  • Bullying related to appearance or health conditions.
  • Bullying related to sexual orientation.
  • Bullying of young carers or looked after children or otherwise related to home circumstances.
  • Sexist or sexual and transphobic bullying.
  • Cyber bullying.

1 Adapted from Bullying – A Charter for Action, DCSF

2 Adapted from Safe to Learn, Embedding anti-bullying work in schools, DCSF, 2007  

Preventing, Identifying and Responding to Bullying

The school community will:

  • Work with staff and outside agencies to identify all forms of prejudice-driven bullying.
  • Actively provide systematic opportunities to develop pupils’ social and emotional skills, including their resilience.
  • Staff will be trained in restorative justice and counseling skills to ensure they deal with incidents as effectively as possible.
  • Consider all opportunities for addressing bullying including through the curriculum (i.e. annual Anti-Bullying Week in November each year) through our management of behaviour and restorative justice practices, through displays, through peer support and through the School Council.
  • Train all staff including volunteer staff, learning mentors and administrative / site staff to identify bullying and follow school policy and procedures on bullying.
  • Train all staff and young people at each centre on E-safety
  • Actively create “safe spaces” for vulnerable children and young people. Pupils will be supervised at all times
  • Use restorative practice to resolve issues between bullies and the bullied.

Involvement of pupils

We will:

  • Regularly canvas children and young people’s views on the extent and nature of bullying
  • Ensure students know how to express worries and anxieties about bullying.
  • Ensure all students are aware of the range of sanctions which may be applied against those engaging in bullying.
  • Involve students in anti-bullying campaigns in schools (Anti-Bullying Week).
  • Publicise the details of help lines and websites.
  • Offer support to students who have been bullied and show pro-active support through behavioural log tracking and isolation of pupils displaying unacceptable behaviour with

1:1 counselling / restorative justice meetings to resolve issues.

  • Work with students who have been bullying in order to address the problems they have.
  • Use form tutor times to to encourage self-review and peer discussion to resolve issues around bullying and anti-social behaviours.

Liaison with Parents and Carers

We will:

  • Ensure that parents / carers know whom to contact if they are worried about bullying.
  • Ensure parents know about our complaints procedure and how to use it effectively.
  • Ensure parents / carers know where to access independent advice about bullying.
  • Work with parents and the local community to address issues beyond the school gates that give rise to bullying.

Links with other school policies and practices

This Policy links with a number of other school policies, practices and action plans including:

  • Behaviour Policy
  • Complaints policy
  • The teaching of Citizenship and PSHE Education
  • Actions plans taking forward the Every Child Matters Agenda
  • Confidentiality Policy
  • The Single Equality Scheme
  • The recording of racial and other bullying incidents
  • Safeguarding Policy     

Responsibilities

This Policy is only effective if the whole school community understands that bullying is not tolerated.

It is the responsibility of:

  • The Management Committee to take a lead role in monitoring and reviewing this policy.
  • Governors, the Head of Service, Senior Managers, Teaching and Non Teaching staff to be aware of this policy and implement it accordingly.
  • The Head of Service to communicate the policy to other school leaders and through them to the school community.
  • Pupils to abide by the policy.

Monitoring & review, policy into practice

We will review this Policy at least once every 3 years in line with our other policies unless we have cause to review earlier.

The school uses the guidance by the DCSF* and the Anti-Bullying Alliance** to inform its action planning to prevent and tackle bullying.

* DCSF Guidance “Safe to Learn: Embedding anti-bullying work in schools”

http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/wholeschool/behaviour/tacklingbullying/safetolearn/

**Anti Bullying Alliance guidance

http://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/Page.asp?originx_4237co_4721421398769u17h_2007627412x