Reviewed August 2018
KORU Educational Services
ANTI BULLYING POLICY
Statement of Purpose
KORU Educational Services are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all young people within our care. This will enable them enable them to learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind in unacceptable, if bullying does occur all young people should be able to tell a member of staff and feel secure that all incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively.
Aims of Policy:
- To emphasise that bullying will not be tolerated.
- To ensure that all staff, parents/carers and young people understand what bullying is.
- To ensure that all staff understand KORU’s policy on bullying, and implement it when bullying is reported.
- To ensure that all young people and their parents/carers understand KORU’s policy on bullying, and what they should do if bullying arises.
The Department for Education defines bullying as described in the 2006 Education and Inspections Act as:
‘Behaviour by an individual or group usually repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally’
(‘Don’t Suffer in Silence’ 2000)
This definition is broken down into three elements for sharing with young people and parents/carers and for recording and monitoring purposes to differentiate bullying from other aggressive and antisocial behaviour.
KORU Educational Services defines bullying behaviour as:
- Deliberate – not accidental, although it may be thoughtless.
- Repeated – not a ‘one off’ fight or falling out between friends.
- Using an imbalance of power – often drawing in other people by encouraging them to isolate a targeted young person. This also describes cyber bullying and emotional bullying, which can lead to low self-esteem on the part of the targeted person.
To provide a safe environment for all our young people we are obligated to pass on details of particularly predatory behaviour to the Police.
Definition of bullying:
|EMOTIONAL||Excluding a young person from a friendship group or teasing them
(threatening gestures or taking things from them)
|PHYSICAL||Pushing, kicking, hitting, or any use of violence against another person.|
|RACIST||Focussing on issues relating to race or culture including the promotion of the idea that one race is superior to another.|
|SEXUAL||Unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments or sexting.|
|HOMOPHOBIC||Focussing on the issue of sexuality.|
|VERBAL||Name calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours and teasing.|
|‘DIFFERENCE’||Targeting young people who are perceived to be ‘different’ for example, SEND, disabled, from a Traveller background, EAL or from a different social or economic background.|
|CYBER/ONLINE||Cyber/online bullying is bullying through the use of communication technology like mobile telephone messages, emails and social networking sites.
· Sending threatening or abusive texts, messages or emails, personally or anonymously.
· Posing insulting comments about someone on a website or social networking site.
· Making or sharing derogatory, embarrassing or sexually explicit videos or pictures including sexually explicit pictures of yourself.
|RELIGIOUS||Focussing on religious differences or trying to enforce your beliefs on others.|
It is important to respond to bullying because:
- Bullying hurts, physically and or emotionally.
- No-one deserves to be a target of bullying; everyone has the right to be treated with respect.
- Young people who are bullying need to learn different ways of communicating and behaving.
KORU opposes bullying because:
Bullying is a barrier to learning for all concerned and it impacts on healthy relationships. KORU believes:
- Everyone has the right to feel welcome, secure and happy.
- We model empathy and consideration and respect for others.
- We have a responsibility to ensure that our setting is a safe place to be.
Signs and symptoms of bullying:
A young person might indicate they are being bullied by their behaviour, for example:
- Is frightened to walk to or from KORU.
- Doesn’t want to attend the setting.
- Changes their usual routine.
- In unwilling to come to KORU (school phobic).
- Becomes withdrawn, anxious or lacking in confidence.
- Becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable.
- Attempts or threatens suicide, runs away or self-harms.
- Feels ill in the mornings.
- Decline in effort while in lessons.
- Comes home with torn clothes or missing possessions.
- Asks for more money or starts stealing money.
- Has unexplained cuts and bruises.
- Starts to bully siblings or other young people.
- Stops eating.
- Changes in behaviour around social media.
- Is nervous when a cyber-message is received.
These behaviours and signs could indicate other problems but bullying should always be considered and possibly investigated.
Procedures for dealing with bullying incidents:
Prevention of Bullying at Koru
KORU Educational Service will:
- Actively provide opportunities for young people to develop the social and emotional skills, including their resilience.
- Work with staff, our wider community and other agencies to identify all forms of prejudice driven bullying.
- Consider all opportunities for addressing bullying.