Anti Bullying Policy

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Anti-Bullying Policy

1. In accordance with the requirements of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000 and the Code Of Behaviour Guidelines issued by the NEWB, the Board Of Management of Templederry N.S. has adopted the following anti – bullying policy within the framework of the school’s overall code of behaviour. This policy fully complies with the requirements of “The Anti- Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools “ which were published in September 2013.

2. The Board Of Management recognises the very serious nature of bullying and the negative impact that it can have on the lives of pupils and is therefore fully committed to the following key principles of best practice in preventing and tackling bullying behaviour.

a) A positive school culture and climate which –

b) Effective Leadership.

c) A Whole School Approach.

d) A Shared Understanding of what bullying is and its impact.

e) Implementation of education and prevention strategies ( including awareness raising measures) that –

f) Effective supervision and monitoring of pupils.

g) Supports for staff.

h) Consistent recording, investigation and follow up of bullying behaviour (including use of established intervention strategies).

I) On going evaluation of the effectiveness of the anti- bullying policy.

3. In accordance with “The Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools” bullying is defined as follows – Bullying is unwanted negative behaviour, verbal, psychological or physical conducted by an individual or group against another person (or persons) and which is repeated over time.

The following types of bullying behaviour are included in the definition of bullying:

Isolated or once off incidents of intentional negative behaviour, including a once –off offensive or hurtful text message or other private messaging, do not fall within the definition of bullying and should be dealt with, as appropriate, in accordance with the school’s code of behaviour.

However, in the context of this policy, placing a once –off offensive or hurtful public  message, image or statement on a social network site or other public forum where that message, image or statement can be viewed and / or repeated by other people will be regarded as bullying behaviour.

Negative behaviour that does not meet this definition of bullying will be dealt with in accordance with the school’s code of behaviour.

4. In Templederry N.S. the relevant teacher for investigating and dealing with bullying is the class teacher.

Raising Awareness:

5. The education and prevention strategies ( including strategies specifically aimed at cyber-bullying and identity based bullying including in particular, homophobic and transphobic bullying) that will be used by the school are:

6. The primary aim for investigating and dealing with bullying is to resolve any issues and to restore, as far as is practicable, the relationships of the parties involved (rather than apportion blame). The school’s procedures for investigation, follow-up and recording of bullying behaviour and the established intervention strategies used by the school for dealing with cases of bullying behaviour are as follows:

  1. Whether the bullying behaviour has stopped
  2. Whether any issues between the parties have been resolved as far as is practicable.
  3. Whether relationships between the parties have been restored as far as is practicable.
  4. Any feedback received from the parties involved, their parents or the staff.

When a parent / guardian is not satisfied that the school has dealt with a bullying case in accordance with these procedures, the parent/ guardian must be referred, as appropriate, to the school’s complaints procedure.

In the event that a parent / guardian has exhausted the school’s complaint procedures and is still not satisfied, the school must advise the parent/guardian of their right to make a complaint to the Ombudsman for Children.

7. Recording Of Bullying Behaviour:

Formal Stage 1:

Formal Stage 2: Appendix 3

  1. In cases where he/ she considers that the bullying behaviour has not been adequately and appropriately addressed within 20 school days after he/she has determined that bullying behaviour has occurred.
  2. Where the school has decided as part of its anti-bullying policy that in certain circumstances bullying behaviour must be recorded and reported immediately to the Principal .
  3. When the recording template is used, it must be retained by the relevant teacher in question and a copy maintained by the Principal.
  4. These records will be filed, stored and locked away.
  5. Principal & Deputy Principal have access to the locked cabinet.

The school’s programme of support for working with pupils affected by bullying is as follows:

8. Supervision and Monitoring of Pupils:

The Board Of Management confirms that appropriate supervision and monitoring policies and practices are in place to both prevent and deal with bullying behaviour and to facilitate early intervention where possible.

9. Prevention of Harassment:

The Board Of Management confirms that the school will, in accordance with its obligations under equality legislation, take such steps that are reasonably practicable to prevent the sexual harassment of pupils or staff or the harassment of pupils or staff on any of the nine grounds specified i.e. gender (including transgender), civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race and membership of the Traveller community.

10. This policy has been made available to school personnel and is available to parents and pupils on request. A copy of this policy will be made available to the Department and the Patron if requested.

11. The policy and its implementation will be reviewed by the Board Of Management once in every school year. Written notification that the review has been completed will be made available to school personnel and parents.

12. A record of the review and its outcome will be made available, if requested to the Patron and the Department.

13. This policy was adopted by the Board Of Management of Templederry N.S. on 27/9/2016

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