Make sure your organisation deals with bullying in the correct way by developing your own anti-bullying policy to help in safeguarding children.
anti-bullying policy could include the following:
- Identify a member of the team to take a lead responsibilty in co-ordinating the development of the policy
- Conduct an audit of current practices and prioritise necessary changes to policy and guidance
- Developing anti-bullying policies as part of the behaviour policy; you could involve both children and young people, parents and carers, regularly review and update the policy (on average every two years)
- Anti-bullying policy should cover all forms of bullying, making specific reference to bullying relating to race, religion and culture, homophobic bullying, bullying related to special educational needs, disabilities and cyber bullying
- Anti-bullying policies should refer to the bullying of staff members as well as bullying of others.
An effective anti-bullying policy will act on two levels. Firstly, it will be preventative (designed to reduce bullying generally), by:
- raising awareness of bullying throughout the whole community of people who use your services.
- publicly acknowledging that the organisation you work for considers bullying to be unacceptable and is committed to dealing with it.
- creating and supporting a culture of mutual respect, consideration and care for others.
Secondly, it will be curative (designed to stop specific cases of bullying; to care for and support the young person who has been bullied; and to address the behaviour of the young person/people doing the bullying, both in the immediate and long term) by:
- setting out policies on dealing with incidents of bullying when they are reported to you or another member of staff at your organisation.
- ensuring that all staff and volunteers (and as far as possible all young people who you have contact with and their parents/carers) are aware of the anti-bullying policies and procedures.
- building in monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to ensure that it is being consistently applied by all staff and volunteers.
The Are They Safe? pack will help your organisation develop and implement a new anti-bullying policy or revise an existing policy so that it is both preventative and curative and makes a genuine impact.
Bullying report form
This bullying report form can be adapted to suit the organisation’s circumstances, whether it is used by staff to record details when bullying is reported to them, or whether it is for young people to fill in themselves.
We have provided some basic elements for you to include on your report form.
Sample: report form.