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Anti Bullying Policy

MISSION STATEMENT

St. Joseph’s College set out to create an anti-bullying culture within the school.
The Board of Governors has adopted the Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum’s definition of bullying:

“The repeated use of power by one or more people intentionally to harm, hurt or adversely affect the rights and needs of another or others” (under review)

In terms of day-to-day school life, such behaviour undermines the ethos of St. Joseph’s College, a Catholic school, concerned with the dignity and worth of the individual. It also hinders our aim to help each pupil develop to their full potential.

 

VISION STATEMENT

St Joseph’s College endeavours to provide a dynamic and evolving curriculum, set within a well-resourced, welcoming school environment, which meets the academic, spiritual and social needs of all pupils.

 

AIMS OF ANTI-BULLYING POLICY

  • To emphasise the issue of bullying for all staff and remind them of their role in preventing bullying behaviours and encourage vigilance at all times.
  • To emphasise to pupils and parents the College’s high standards and core values, in particular, a positive expectation that everyone should be treated with respect and the rejection of behaviour which is deemed inappropriate, abusive, malicious, offensive or violent.
  • To outline the College’s broad interpretation of what constitutes bullying and the sanctions that will be put into effect if bullying occurs.
  • To create a supportive climate where parents and pupils know how to raise a concern about bullying in the confidence that the issue will be dealt with in a professional way.

In addition, please refer to the new Vision Statement, Mission Statement and Aims of the school.

 

INTRODUCTION:

This policy has been developed consistent with the Statutory Requirements (Education & Libraries NI Order 2003) which requires the Board of Governors and Principal to consult with all key stakeholders (pupils, parents and staff) regarding positive behaviour and bullying prevention measures which must be in place. Specific articles of the Legislation include the following:

ARTICLE 17 – DUTY TO SAFEGUARD AND PROMOTE THE WELFARE OF PUPILS

ARTICLE 18 – CHILD PROTECTION MEASURES

ARTICLE 19 – SCHOOL DISCIPLINE: MEASURES TO PREVENT BULLYING

Reference DE Circular 2003/13
WELFARE AND PROTECTION OF PUPILS EDUCATION
AND LIBRARIES (NORTHERN IRELAND) ORDER 2003

‘Pastoral Care in Schools: Promoting Positive Behaviour’ (2001)

‘Pastoral Care in Schools: Child Protection’ (1999)

 

PRINCIPLES AND VALUES HELD BY THE COLLEGE:

  • Pupils have a right to learn in a safe and supportive environment free from intimidation and fear.
  • The welfare/well-being needs of all children and young people are paramount and pupils’ needs, whether pupil with bullying behaviours or targeted pupil, need to be separated from their behaviour.malicious, offensive or violent.
  • When bullying concerns are identified our school will work in a restorative and solution focussed way to achieve the necessary change.into effect if bullying occurs.
  • Pupils who are targeted will be listened to and supported.
  • Pupils who engage in bullying behaviour will be supported to accept responsibility and change their behaviour whilst being listened to.
  • Staff will receive awareness-raising training regarding bullying prevention including effective, appropriate strategies for intervention
  • Where a concern arises, staff will receive ongoing support from Senior Teachers with Pastoral responsibility

Parents will be made aware of our school’s practice to prevent and to respond to concerns through parent evenings, consultation processes and where necessary, their active participation in partnership with the school to resolve concerns involving their child.