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STOP BULLYING – GET THE IDEA!
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Anti Bullying Policy
Click below to read about our ethos and strategies to encourage positive behaviour.
Ethos and Positive Behaviour Doc 2013
It’s every child’s right not to be bullied and it’s every child’s responsibility not to bully.”
Westquarter Primary and Nursery is committed to preventing and tackling bullying of children and young people wherever or however it arises.
We fully endorse the principles and practice laid down by the Scottish Government in 2010 in a National Approach to Anti bullying for Scotland’s Children and Young People.
We fully subscribe to Falkirk Council’s Anti Bullying policy 2012 and continuously promote a culture of inclusion and mutual respect to ensure that bullying is seen as unacceptable by all. As advised we follow the guidance contained in Service Circular 19.
Within Westquarter Primary and Nursery GIRFEC is at the heart of everything we do.
Our practice and procedures should be seen within the wider context of our core living values of respect, justice, tolerance, peace, love, caring, happiness, hope and courage. Staff use the guidance on good practice and strategies in our Promoting Positive Behaviour.
Our anti bullying charter gives a clear definition of bullying and what should be done in the event of bullying. This was drawn up in consultation with children, staff and parents. This is displayed prominently around the school for information. This charter was reviewed in February 2015.
When an incident of bullying is reported staff follow the advice and guidance contained in Service Circular 19 and use form AB1 to investigate incidents. If necessary, HR14 is used in conjunction with this.
Appendix 1 Westquarter Promoting Positive Behaviour
Appendix 2 Westquarter Anti Bullying Charter
Appendix 3 Form AB1
Appendix 4 HR14
“It’s every child’s right not to be bullied. Children’s rights are unique in that many of them, although designed for the safety and protection of children, have to be provided for by adults and the government.
Parents/carers All parents/carers want to protect their child(ren) from bullying behaviour no matter whether their child is being bullied or is the person displaying bullying behaviour. Parents:
• Must ensure that concerns or issues with bullying behaviour are reported to their child’s school as quickly as possible.
• Should endeavour to work in partnership with their child’s school to resolve any issues.
• Should allow an agreed period of time (where appropriate) for the school to implement strategies for resolving any incidents.
Restorative Approach to Bullying Behaviour
Whilst many believe that children who display bullying behaviour should be punished, it is widely accepted that this type of response can at times be ineffective, and make the situation worse.
The adoption of restorative approaches is a more effective response than traditional punishments. Pupils are given the opportunity to accept responsibility for their actions, recognise the harm done and are supported to find restorative responses to the harm they have caused.
There are times sanctions are appropriate; exclusion is seen as a last resort and carried out when incidents fall within the legislation criteria.
Falkirk Council has a responsibility to provide an education for all pupils and to challenge and address bullying behaviour. Whilst appropriate action will be taken by the school, it is also important that all parents involved, work with the school to resolve any issues in the best interests of their child or young person.
Westquarter Primary is an inclusive and nurturing school. Relationships are the key to an effective school and we value the positive relationships we have with children. All staff are valued for their expertise and everyone takes their responsibilities seriously.
We pride ourselves in open communication and in “Know and Grow” time children are encouraged to talk. We use this time to signpost for children so that they know what is expected of them each day and what they need to do to achieve and have a good day.
Each day children come to school knowing that they will be treated fairly and with respect.