I will not permit bullying in my home.
Bullying can be:
- Physical: pushing, kicking, hitting, biting etc.
- Verbal: Name calling, sarcasm, rumour spreading and teasing
- Emotional: Excluding, ridicule, humiliation, tormenting
- Racist: taunts, graffiti and gestures
Being bullied can result in the victim having depression, low self-esteem, shyness, poor academic achievement, isolation, and in extreme cases threatened or attempted suicide.
If a bully is left unchecked they will learn they can get away with violence and aggression. A bully has a higher chance of acquiring a criminal record and not being able to have good relationships when they become adults. If I have any concerns that a child in my care is being bullied/or is bullying, I will discuss the matter with you immediately. I will work with you to resolve the problem.
If your child is being bullied:-
- I will reassure them that the bullying is not their fault.
- Tell them that I care about them on their side.
- I will give them lots of praise, encouragement and responsibilities to help them feel valued.
- I will work with you to help the child to develop techniques to deal with the bully- assertiveness, walking away etc.
If your child is the bully:-
- I will reassure your child that I still care for them but it is their behaviour I don’t like and I will work with them to help change this.
- I will work with your child to find ways to make amends for their actions.
- I will develop a reward structure for good behaviour.
- I will discuss the matter with you, not in front of your child, to see if there are any problems that may have triggered the bullying.
I urge any parents/ carers or children reading this policy if they feel anything is needed to be added or altered to talk to me and together we can look at the possibility of amending the policy to ensure I am offering the best service I can deliver to all.