Responding

The following steps may be taken when dealing with incidents (example):

  • If bullying is suspected or reported, the incident should be dealt with immediately where appropriate by the member of staff who has been approached
  • A clear account of the incident must be recorded
  • Tutors/group leaderswill be kept informed
  • Parents will be kept informed
  • Punitive measures will be used as appropriate and in consultation with all parties concerned
  • The Police should be notified if appropriate

Children and young people who have been bullied will be supported by:

  • Offering an immediate opportunity to discuss the experience with an adult of their choice who listens and takes the situation seriously
  • Reassuring the child / young person
  • Offering continuous tailored support as appropriate
  • Restoring self-esteem and confidence.

Children and young people who have displayed bullying behaviour will be helped by:

  • Discussing what happened
  • Discovering why they became involved
  • Establishing the wrong doing and their need to change and identify available support
  • Informing and supporting parents or carers to help change the child or young persons attitude
  • Maintaining ongoing communication with parents or carers

When all other responses have been exhausted the following disciplinary steps can be taken:

  • Official warnings to cease offending
  • Withdrawal of privileges
  • Detention
  • Exclusion from certain areas of premises
  • Internal exclusion
  • Minor fixed-term exclusion
  • Major fixed-term exclusion
  • Permanent exclusion
  • Police involvement

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Last updated: 5 November 2015

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