Bullying Policy

 

 

 

 

School Policy on Bullying
For
Inveralmond Community High School
Pupils and Parents

 

Email any enquiries to: bullying@inveralmondchs.org

 

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

Aims:

  • to prevent bullying of children and young people;
  • to support children, young people and their parents and carers who are affected by bullying;
  • to provide a secure, safe and positive environment where children and young people feel able to discuss their problems;
  • to build the capacity, resilience and skills in children and young people, parents and carers, to prevent, and deal with, bullying;
  • to ensure provision of information, training and support to those working with children and young people;

 

Objectives:

  • Children, young people, staff and parents/carers are assured that they will be supported when incidents are reported
  • Children and young people, staff and parents/carers have an understanding of what bullying behaviour is, and what it is not
  • All children, young people and parents know what the policy is on bullying behaviour, and what to do when it occurs
  • All staff know what the policy is on bullying behaviour, and follow it when all bullying is reported

 

OUTCOMES FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

 

  • Children and young people will be encouraged to develop strategies in relation to self-esteem and confidence building, usually through PSHE.
  • Positive behaviour change by the person displaying bullying behaviour. The child/young person will be encouraged to participate in any support programme available.
  • Where possible, the parties involved will be reconciled
  • After the incident / incidents have been investigated and dealt with, each case will be monitored by an appropriate member of staff to ensure that the bullying behaviour does not continue.

 

What is bullying?

Children are being bullied if someone is deliberately hurting, frightening or threatening them.

What kind of behaviour does this include?

This includes: –

  • actual assault
  • extortion (taking money by threat)
  • damage to your property
  • racial abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • LGBT-based abuse
  • Religion-based abuse (e.g. Islamophobia)
  • name calling
  • malicious gossip (bad mouthing)
  • cyber bullying (via social networking sites/apps etc.)
  • not left alone
  • being forced to do something you do not wish to do
  • teasing
  • cold shouldering (being deliberately ignored – however, sometimes this may occur as a result of a young person deliberately avoiding conflict)
  • being picked on
  • having personal remarks made about your appearance, your family etc.
  • Spreading malicious rumours about another person
  • harassment
  • mental cruelty
  • physical or verbal attacks

 

As a parent, what should I do if I think that someone is bullying my child?

You must contact staff in the Pupil Support Office in school to let us know about the problem.

 

As a pupil, what should I do if think I am being bullied?

 You should tell a member of staff – ideally, a member of the Pupil Support team and/or your Head of House – as well as informing your parents/guardians.

 

What should I do if I know of or see someone else being bullied at school?

 Again, pass on your concerns to a member of staff, who will inform the relevant member of the Pupil Support team so that they can be dealt with appropriately.

Additional concerns about wider bullying issues can be reported by pupils to tutor representatives, and/or members of the Learner Voice group, who will raise your concerns at meetings.

 

What will happen?

In every case, something will happen.  The information will be passed to a member of Pupil Support staff, who will look into the situation and decide what to do.

 

Will it be obvious I have reported the bullying?

 Your feelings about this will be discussed before any action is taken.

 

How long will it be before the bullying is stopped?

There is no simple answer to this, but you should be aware very quickly that someone is doing something.

Inveralmond Community High School adopts a ‘zero-tolerance’ approach to bullying, and will respond to any instances of bullying as promptly as possible.

 

Does the school keep a note of all bullying?

 Yes, each incident will be recorded.

 

 

Remember – it’s not your fault!!!

Contacts for Parents/Child/Teachers if you want to find out more about how to deal with bullies.

Some ways to get help by phone or online:


Childline Telephone No:
                   0800 1111 (free & confidential)

Childline Website:                             www.childline.org.uk (various methods to use)

            • On Line chat – register online to sign up & chat
            • Text Childline – Text a word i.e. bully to 78101 (text any word to do bullying to the same number)
            • Ask Sam – Online questions and answers to Sam
            • Message Board – Post a message on the board and get info.

 

Respectme – Scotland’s Anti-Bullying Service

respectme, Scotland’s Anti-Bullying Service
Brunswick House
51 Wilson Street
Glasgow
G1 1UZ

E: enquire@respectme.org.uk
T: 0844 800 8600

 

 

Scottish Child Law Centre              

Telephone No:                                   0800 328 8970 (under 18’s)
0131 667 6333
Website:                                                www.sclc.org.uk

Text:                                                        text SCLC & question to 80800

Address:                                                54 East Crosscauseway, Edinburgh, EH8 9H

 

 

Inveralmond Community High School – Contact Us 

Inveralmond Community High School
Willowbank
Ladywell
Livingston
EH54 6HW 

School office:- Telephone number 01506 438093

  • Press 1 for pupil support

e-mail  – wlinveralmond-chs@westlothian.org.uk

 

ICHS

 

We are committed to establishing a positive ethos of respect, trust and support across the school community where young people feel listened to, safe, secure and nurtured at all times.