Good Shepherd Anti-bullying policy for parents and pupils
At Good Shepherd it is our intention to provide a secure and caring environment in which all children can reach their full potential. All children should be nurtured in an environment without anxiety or the likelihood of being bullied. However this can only be achieved with the support of pupils and parents.
Bullying is “repeated intimidation of a child that is deliberately carried out in order to cause physical or emotional harm”. This bullying could take the form of:
- Emotional being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. threatening gestures)
- Physical pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence
- Racial racial taunts, graffiti, gestures
- Sexual unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments
- Homophobic because of, or focusing on the issue of sexuality
- Verbal name calling, sarcasm, teasing
- Cyber all areas of internet, such as email and chat room misuse
- Mobile calls, texts or associated technology
The role of parents:
As a parent you have a responsibility to support the school’s anti-bullying policy and should play a significant part in establishing a climate of trust and respect, encouraging your child to be a positive member of the school and therefore assisting in eradicating bullying.
- Take an active role in your child’s education. Regularly discuss the day’s events and enquire who they spent time with etc.
- Quickly identify unusual behaviour – for example reluctance to attend school, feeling ill regularly, lack of enthusiasm for school work. Take time to discuss these issues in a calm manner with your child.
What should I do if I feel my child is being bullied?
If you feel your child may be a victim of bullying behaviour:
- Inform school immediately – initially the class teacher.
- Advise your child to ask staff members for help but not to fight back.
- Refrain from approaching the child or his/her parents yourself – allow staff members to deal with the issue following the school procedures.
How do I help my child if they are being bullied?
Tell your child to remember:
- That their silence is the bully’s greatest weapon – talk to a trustworthy adult.
- That they do not deserve to be bullied and that it is wrong – but don’t fight back it may make things worse.
- That they should be proud of who they are and for their individuality – try not to show your feelings as a bully thrives on someone’s fear.
- Be strong – say “NO!” Walk away and find a group of friends or a member of staff – there is safety in numbers.
- If they are receiving inappropriate emails or text messages don’t respond – save them and show an adult.
What do I tell my child if they disclose that they have seen a bullying incident?
Tell them to talk to an adult immediately. Tell them not to take direct action themselves but to allow the teachers to deal with the situation.
If however you are dissatisfied with how the bullying incident was dealt with then please follow the school’s complaints procedure –
- Initially contact the class teacher for further discussions.
- If concern remains then contact the Phase Leader or Deputy Head and finally the Head Teacher.
- If still concerned then contact the Governing Body via the clerk.