Anti-Bullying Policy

Aim

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.

Definition

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

Cyber bullying refers to bullying through information and communication technologies

*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.

Objectives

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

Students should:

If a student feels that they are being bullied, or has witnessed bullying behaviour as 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 class teacher or other 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

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 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 child to become emotionally resilient

Support anti-bullying curriculum covered at school

Contact the school for further information re: support available

Resources

Australia’s safe and supportive schools website: http://www.bullyingnoway.gov.au/

DECD School Discipline Policy: http://www.decd.sa.gov.au/docs/documents/1/SchoolDisciplinePolicy.pdf

Cyber Safety: http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/

Kids Helpline – Bullying: http://www.kidshelp.com.au/kids/information/hot-topics/bullying_1.php

Kids Helpline – Internet safety: http://www.kidshelp.com.au/grownups/getting-help/who-else-can-help/helpful-links/internet-safety.php

Kids Helpline – parent line: http://www.kidshelp.com.au/grownups/getting-help/who-else-can-help/parentline.php

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.

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