Anti-Bullying Policy

Anti – Bullying Policy

Every child and adult has a right to education without being bullied.                                                        

Every child and adult has a responsibility not to engage in bullying behaviour towards others.

Definition of Bullying:

Bullying is deliberate, repeated acts of aggression, verbal, psychological or physical conducted by an individual or group against others.   (Department of Education 1993) It is oppress, physical or mentally, by means of superior force or threats of using force.  (Edwards 1996)

Indications of Bullying Behaviour:

A child may indicate by changes in behaviour that are out of character that he/she is being bullied:-

At School:

  • Deterioration in educational performance
  • Visible signs of anxiety/distress
  • Possessions missing
  • Unexplained bruises, injuries or torn clothing
  • Are picked on, pushed around, shoved, punched, kicked
  • Are (often) alone and excluded from peer group
  • Do not seem to have a single friend

At Home:-

  • Anxiety about travelling to/ from school
  • Unwillingness to go to school
  • Pattern of physical illness
  • Unexplained changes in either mood/behaviour
  • Increased requests for money
  • Unexplained bruising, injuries, cuts and scratches
  • Reluctance or refusal to say what is troubling him/her
  • Give improbable excuses to explain any of the above

Types of Bullying

  1. Physical – pushing, shoving, punching, kicking, poking and tripping people
  2. Damage to property – clothing, school books, school bags, pencil cases etc
  3. Extortion – demands for money, lunches etc., often accompanied by threats
  4. Intimidation – using voice or facial expression as a weapon
  5. Isolation – a child is deliberately isolated, excluded or ignored by others
  6. Name calling – persistent name calling either verbal or written which causes hurt, insult of humiliation to another child.
  7. Bullying of School Personnel – bullying of school personnel by means of physical assault, damage to property, verbal abuse, threats to peoples’ families etc

Procedure for Investigating/ Dealing with Bullying

  1. Calm, unemotional problem-solving approach
  2. Incidents best investigated outside of classroom situation
  3. Teacher should speak separately to the pupils involved, the victim and the bully
  4. On the first offence the parent/guardian will work to resolve the bullying problem
  5. Answers should be sought to questions of What, Where, When, Who and Why
  6. Members of a gang should be met individually and as a group
  7. A  written record should be kept
  8. Where the case remains unresolved the matter will be referred to the school Board of Management
  9. If not solved at Board level, the case will be referred to local inspector
  10. Pupils are expected to behave ( as they would during school hours  on their way to and from school while wearing school uniform

Procedures for Noting and Reporting an Incident of Bullying:

Introduction:

The basic Safety Rules which are taught to all classes are those

which are an integral part of the Stay Safe Programme.

1) Say ‘No’

2) Get Away

3) Tell an adult that you trust

4) Keep telling until someone helps

Central to this programme is that the teachers and parents instil in their

children ‘telling to keep safe’ is different from ‘telling tales’.

Parents should remind their children that they are free to approach any

teacher regarding bullying.

Parents who suspect that their child is being bullied should inform the

class teacher and/or the School Principal.

Teachers on receipt of information from pupil or parent re alleged

bullying will keep notes to include date, time, nature of incident.

All the above rules are designed in the best interest and safety of all the pupils of the school so that they may play and learn in a happy, healthy environment.

Review of the Code:

  • A copy of this code will be distributed to each family.
  • Study, discuss, sign and return
  • Pupils in the school must obey the Code.
  • The Code will be reviewed regularly