Anti – Bullying Policy – January 2021

Nina Patterson’s anti-bullying policy sets out how she feels about bullying in a class environment, what she will do to tackle bullying and how she will support children and young people who experience or display bullying behaviour.

Bullying

  • All forms of bullying will be acted upon
  • Everybody has a responsibility to work together to stop bullying
  • Bullying can include online as well as offline behaviour
  • Bullying behaviour can include;

                 physically pushing, kicking, hitting, pinching, etc. name calling, spreading rumours,

                 persistent teasing, and humiliation or the continual ignoring of others posting of

                 derogatory or abusive comments, videos or images on social media racial, homophobic,

                 transphobic or sexist comments, taunts or gestures sexual comments, suggestions or

                 behaviour unwanted physical contact

Nina Will

  • Recognise her duty of care and responsibility to safeguard all students from harm, promote and implement this anti – bullying policy in addition to the safeguarding policy and procedures
  • Ensure that bullying behaviour is not tolerated or condoned
  • Take action to investigate and respond to any reports of bullying from children and young people
  • Encourage children and young people to play an active part in developing and adopting a code of conduct for behaviour
  • Encourage individuals to speak out about bullying behaviour
  • Respect every child’s need for, and right to, a play and learn environment where safety, security, praise, recognition and opportunity for taking responsibility are available
  • Respect the feelings and views of others
  • Recognise that everyone is important and equal, and that our differences make each of us special and worthy of being valued
  • Show appreciation of others by acknowledging individual qualities, contributions and progress
  • Ensure safety by having rules and practices carefully explained 

Supporting Children

  • Create on open door ethos where children feel listened to and supported, confident to talk about bullying behaviour or any other issues that affect them
  • Anyone who reports an incident of bullying will be listened to carefully and reports will be taken seriously
  • Any reported experience of bullying behaviour will be investigated and will involve listening carefully to all those involved
  • Children experiencing bullying behaviour will be supported and helped to uphold their right to play learn and live in a safe environment
  • Those who display bullying behaviour will be supported and encouraged to develop better relationships
  • Sanctions will be made proportionate and fair

Supporting Parents / Primary Carers

  • Parents or guardians will be advised on Nina’s anti – bullying policy and practice
  • Any experience of bullying behaviour will be discussed with the child’s parents / primary carers
  • Parents will be consulted on action to be taken (for both victim and bully) and will agree on these actions together
  • Information on coping with bullying will be made available

Useful Contacts

                ISPCC Helpline 01 – 6767960 / Email [email protected] / www.ispcc.ie

                Childline Freephone 1800 666666 / Free text Texting to 50101