ANTI-BULLYING – Parental Summary

The primary role of the College is to provide the highest possible standard of education for all of its pupils. A stable, secure learning environment is an essential requirement to achieve this goal. At Cullybackey College we are committed to providing a warm, caring and safe environment for all our young people so that they can learn and develop in a relaxed and secure environment. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our College. We take all incidents of bullying seriously. Bullying hurts.

No-one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Everybody has the right to be treated with respect and pupils who are bullying others need to learn different ways of behaving. At Cullybackey College, we acknowledge that bullying does happen from time to time – indeed, it would unrealistic to claim that it does not. When bullying does occur, everyone should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively in accordance with our anti-bullying policy. We are a TELLING school. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell the staff.

 

WHAT IS BULLYING?

‘Bullying is an act of aggression causing embarrassment, pain or discomfort to someone. It can take a number of forms: physical, verbal, making gestures, extortion and exclusion. It is an abuse of power. It can be planned and organised, or it may be unintentional. It may be perpetrated by individuals or by groups of pupils.’ Pastoral Care in Schools – Promoting Positive Behaviour (2001).

The word bullying is used to describe many different types of behaviour ranging from teasing or deliberately leaving an individual out of a social gathering or ignoring them, to serious assaults and abuse. Sometimes it is an individual who is doing the bullying and sometimes it is a group.

In Cullybackey College bullying is viewed as the same pupil(s) persistently doing the following to another pupil:

*Teasing or calling names *Hitting, pushing, kicking or pulling others *Tampering with other’s personal belongings *Spreading rumours *Ignoring and leaving others out *Forcing others to hand over money *Making nasty phone calls, sending nasty text messages or emails.



HOW THE SCHOOL WILL RESPOND TO AN INCIDENT OF BULLYING

 

If a report is made to a teacher or non-teaching member of staff by a pupil, parent or another person, the young person’s Head of Year must be informed.  The Head of Year and/or the Head of School will decide if the incident is bullying or bad behaviour.

An adult within College who needs to respond to a reported incident of bullying must:-

  • Remove the bully from the situation
  • Ensure the victim is safe and being cared for
  • Take the incident seriously
  • Take action as quickly as possible – Report the incident to Head of Year/Head of School or the  Vice-Principal.

The Head of Year / Head of School will:-

  • Discuss in detail with the victim and record what is said
  • Identify the bully/bullies
  • Talk to witnesses, if possible and record
  • Discuss the bullying behaviour with the Perpetrator – confront him/her with the details and ask for the truth about the situation/incident. Record.
  • Make it plain to the bully that they disapprove.
  • Explain clearly the sanction to the bully/bullies and why it is being given.  The sanction chosen will depend on the perceived severity of the incident. 
  • Contact both parents of the bully and victim and report back to them
  • Plan for resolution/action with victim and bully
  • Offer  concrete help, advice and support to the victim(s)
  • Talk to the bully, encourage the bully to see the victim’s point of view.
  • Review success – monitor the situation

If necessary other agencies will be involved to provide further support.