Anti-Bullying Policy and Procedure

Policy​ ​Last​ ​Updated​ ​on: January 2019

Policy​ ​Last​ ​Updated​ ​by: Matt Pattison

Next​ ​Review​ ​Date: January 2020

The legal context for this policy and procedure is:

  • The Children Acts 1989 and 2004
  • The Protection from Harassment Act 1997
  • The Human Rights Act 2000
  • The Equality Act 2010
  • Government guidance: Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015
  • Government guidance on bulling 2015

It should be read alongside our policies and procedures on:

  • Dealing with disclosures and concerns about a child or young person
  • Managing allegations against staff and volunteers
  • Recording and information sharing
  • Safer recruitment
  • Complaints

We recognise that:

There is no legal definition of bulling. However, it’s usually defined as behaviour that is:

  • Repeated
  • Intended to hurt someone either physically or emotionally
  • Often aimed at certain groups, eg because of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation ( https://www.gov.uk/bullying-at-school/bulling-a-definition – last updated July 2015)
  • One person or a group can bully others;
  • Bullying can occur either face to face between individuals or groups or online, using information technology, such as computers or mobile phones;

Bulling can include:

  • Verbal teasing or making fun of someone:
  • Excluding children from games and conversations;
  • Pressurizing children not to be friends with the person who is being bullied;
  • Spreading hurtful rumours or passing round inappropriate photographs/images/drawings;
  • Shouting at or verbally abusing someone;
  • Stealing or damaging someone’s belongings;
  • Making threats;
  • Forcing someone to do something embarrassing, harmful or dangerous;
  • Harassment on the basis of race, gender, sexuality or disability;
  • Physical or sexual assault (although all sexual incidents and all but very minor physical incidents constitute abuse and must be dealt with in accordance with child protection procedures).
  • Bullying causes real distress. It can affect a person’s health and development and, at extreme, can cause significant harm;
  • People are often targeted by bullies because they appear different from others;
  • We all have a role to play in preventing bullying and putting a stop to bullying.

The purpose of this policy is:

  • To prevent bullying from happening in our organisation, as much as possible;
  • When bullying does happen, make sure it is stopped as soon as possible and that those involved receive the support they need;
  • To provide information to all staff, volunteers, children and their families about what we should all do to prevent and deal with bullying.

We will seek to prevent bullying by:

  • Developing a code of behaviour that sets out the “dos” and “don’ts” in terms of how everyone involved in Elite is expected to behave, both in face-to-face contact and online;
  • Developing a new members’ welcome policy that will help Elite to attract members from diverse groups;
  • Developing a plan that describes how we welcome new members and help them settle in;
  • Holding regular discussions with staff, volunteers, children, young people and families who use Elite to ensure that they understand our anti-bulling policy. These discussions will focus on:
  1. Group members’ responsibilities to look after one another and uphold the behaviour code;
  2. Practising skills such as listening to each other;
  3. Respecting the fact that we are all different;
  4. Making sure that no one is without friends;
  5. Dealing with problems in a positive way;
  6. Checking that the anti-bullying measures are working well.
  • Developing a complaints policy and procedure;
  • Making sure that staff, volunteers, children and young people and parents and carers have clear information about our anti-bullying policy, complaints procedure, code of behaviour and anti-bullying procedure.

When bullying occurs, we will respond to it by:

  1. Having a clear anti-bullying procedure in place;
  1. Providing support and training for all staff and volunteers on dealing with all forms of bullying, including racial, sexist, homophobic and sexual bullying;
  1. Addressing the issue from the point of view of the person being bullied, the bully, any bystanders and Elite as a whole;
  1. Reviewing the plan developed to address the bullying, in order to ensure that the problem has been resolved;
  1. Avoiding any punishments that make the individuals concerned seem small or look or feel foolish in front of others.