The aim of this policy is to ensure that staff, parents and students of Mitcham Primary School work together to create a respectful and productive learning community that supports the rights of all students to learn and all teachers to teach.
- • Bullying is hurting another person or group who is less powerful either physically or psychologically.
- • Bullying behaviour is deliberate, unwelcome, uninvited, and often repeated.
- • Bullying involves behaviour which is physical, verbal, psychological or social/relational
- • Cyberbullying refers to bullying through information and communication technologies (ICT)
- • Conflict or fights between equals and single incidents are not defined as bullying.
- • Bullying of any form or for any reason can have long-term effects on those involved including bystanders.
- • To protect the emotional and physical well-being of students and staff.
- • To provide a safe and supportive learning and teaching environment.
- • To have wellbeing and resilience programs in place to assist our students with social problem solving and managing grievances.
- • To link anti-bullying strategies with school’s grievance procedure and school behaviour code.
- • To develop a positive bystander code to assist students in understanding their individual and collective responsibility.
Roles and Responsibilities
If a student feels that they are being bullied, or have witnessed bullying behaviour as a bystander, they should:
- • Tell the person that they are being a bully and to stop the behaviour.
- • Support the person who is being bullied and request help from a teacher at the time of the incident.
- • Report behaviour to the class teacher or another staff member.
- • Not bully others.
- • Be aware that if students have witnessed bullying behaviour as a bystander and do nothing, there may be consequences for their behaviour.
Members of staff should:
When a staff member witnesses a bullying incident or is notified of a bullying incident by a student they should:
- • Listen and provide support to the target of the bullying by acknowledging the nature and seriousness of bullying behaviour.
- • Find out the background and attempt to resolve the incident.
- • Refer the incident to the appropriate leadership team member if follow-up is required or contact parents to inform them.
- • Model appropriate behaviours at all times.
- • Implement curriculum that supports social education and student well-being.
- • Use Restorative Justice Practices.
Members of the school’s leadership team should:
- • Provide support to targets of bullying.
- • Provide support for bullies (i.e. anger management etc.).
- • Ensuring the school's anti-bullying policy is implemented consistently throughout the school.
- • Make contact with parents regarding bullying incidents as required.
- • Encourage students to continue to report incidents of bullying behaviour.
- • Disseminate information regarding the school’s anti-bullying policy, procedures and curriculum.
Parents and caregivers and the wider community should:
- • Watch for signs that your child may be being bullied.
- • Encourage students to report any incidences of bullying.
- • Contact the school if you are aware that any child is being bullied.
- • Encourage your child to become emotionally resilient.
- • Support anti-bullying curriculum covered at school.
- • Contact the school for further information re: support available.
- • Bullying. No way!: http://www.bullyingnoway.gov.au/
- • DfE Behaviour Support in Schools Policies: https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/education-and-learning/schools/school-life/behaviour-support-in-schools
- • eSafety Commissioner: https://www.esafety.gov.au/
- • Kids Helpline – Kids (Age 5-12): https://kidshelpline.com.au/kids
- • Kids Helpline – Parents: https://kidshelpline.com.au/parents
Policy update and review
The school council and staff regularly monitor and review the effectiveness of the Anti-Bullying Policy (at least every three years) and revise the policy when required.
Policy last reviewed May 2020. Next review May 2023.