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Anti-Bullying

POLICIES & PROCEDURES 39A/2012

ANTI-BULLYING POLICY AND PROCEDURES:

PREVENTING AND RESPONDING TO STUDENT BULLYING

 

RATIONALE

  • Warners Bay HS rejects all forms of bullying.
  • The policy applies to all student bullying behaviour, including cyberbullying that occurs in in WBHS and off school premises where there is a clear and close relationship between the school and the conduct of the student.
  • Bullying is the repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological behaviour that is harmful and involves an imbalance of power and the misuse of that power by an individual or group towards one or more persons. Bullying can involve humiliation, domination, intimidation, victimisation and all forms of harassment including those based on sex, race, disability, homosexuality or transgender.  Conflict or fights between equals or single incidents are not defined as bullying.
  • Preventing and responding to bullying is the shared responsibility of all staff, students, parents and caregivers and members of the school community.

 

Implementation strategies

1.   Prevention of bullying

Students have the responsibility to:

  • Ensure the health and safety of all students, staff and community members.
  • Treat others with dignity and respect at all times, particularly when using on-line communication and social network sites.
  • Refuse to participate in the bullying of others.
  • Report extreme conflict or bullying to relevant adults; Year Advisers, Counsellors, HT Welfare, Deputy Principal.

Teachers have the responsibility to:

  • Maintain a positive climate of respectful relationships.
  • Embed anti-bullying messages in curriculum.
  • Empower students to behave as responsible bystanders in intervening appropriately in bullying situations.
  • Deal effectively in examples of immediate extreme aggression / violence.
  • Report extreme conflict or suspected bullying to WBHS Welfare team.  Teachers should refer to Anti-Bullying register for information.
  • Participate in supportive programs for individual students as designed by Welfare team.

The Welfare Team has the responsibility to:

  • Identify students at risk of developing long term difficulties with long-term relationships and develop appropriate support.
  • Develop and implement early intervention support for those students who are identified at or after enrolment as having previously experienced bullying or engaged in bullying behaviour.
  • Develop curriculum workshops for each Year which consistently promotes the anti-bullying message and school procedures. This would include early intervention programs for students transitioning from Year 6 to Year 7 as well as specific Focus Day activities for each Year.
  • Promote and publicise the school anti-bullying approaches to parents, caregivers and the school community.

Parent / Caregivers have the responsibility to:

  • Support their children to become responsible citizens and to develop appropriate on-line behaviour.
  • Be aware of school anti-bullying plan and assist their children to understand bullying behaviour, its effects on others and the importance of the role of all students, even bystanders, in preventing bullying and harassment.
  • Report to Welfare team information regarding student conflict and potential bullying situations.

2.   Responding to bullying

Students have the responsibility to:

  • ·       Report extreme conflict and suspected bullying to members of Welfare team.
  • ·       As the victims of bullying, work co-operatively with members of the Welfare Team to behave appropriately in response to bullying.  The use of violence to respond to bullying is not appropriate, and will result in disciplinary action.
  • ·       As perpetrators of bullying, manage behaviour which has been identified as causing distress and humiliation to others.
  • ·       As bystanders, support victims and work appropriately with members of Welfare team to assist those engaging in bullying behaviour.

Teachers have the responsibility to:

  • Report extreme conflict and suspected bullying to members of the Welfare team.
  • Work co-operatively with students and members of Welfare team to resolve conflict or bullying between students or groups of students.

The Welfare Team has the responsibility to:

  • Respond to incidents of bullying quickly and effectively.
  • Provide support to any student who has been affected by, engaged in or witnessed bullying or extreme conflict.
  • Identify patterns of bullying behaviour and respond appropriately to such patterns.
  • Match planned combinations of interventions to particular incidents and circumstances.  Such interventions could include:

o   Organisation of mediation

o   Use of "Shared Concern" method of dealing with bullying.

o   Development of group or individual workshops on bullying and its effects.

o   Referral to appropriate outside support agencies eg specialised counselling, Kids Help Line, School Police Liaison Officer.

o   Imposition of disciplinary procedures, including class withdrawals, playground restrictions and detentions, even suspensions

o   Contacting of parents.

  • Maintain an Anti-Bullying register.
  • Provide updates, within the bounds of privacy legislation, to parents or caregivers about the management of incidents.

Parents / Caregivers have the responsibility to:

  • Report school based extreme conflict and suspected bullying to members of Welfare team.
  • Work co-operatively and collaboratively with school Welfare team personnel to resolve issues arising from bullying / extreme conflict.
  • Support their children in behaviour changes which may be necessary to prevent further incidents.

 

Ms Elizabeth Guider

Principal (Rel)