Anti-Bullying Policy

  • Raising Explorers is committed to providing an environment for children that is safe, welcoming and free from bullying (the persistent behaviour by any individual or group which intimidates/threatens or has a harmful or distressing impact on another individual or group). Bullying can be: Emotional, Physical, Racist, Verbal, Psychological, Sexual or Cyber (e.g. text messages). Bullying of any form is unacceptable at Raising Explorers.

    Emotional
    Being deliberately unkind, shunning or excluding another person from a group or tormenting them. For example, forcing another person to be ‘left out’ of a game or activity, passing notes about others or making fun of another person.

    Physical
    Pushing, scratching, spitting, kicking, hitting, biting, taking or damaging belongings, tripping up, punching or using any other sort of violence against another person.

    Verbal
    Name-calling, put-downs, ridiculing or using words to attack, threaten or insult. For example, spreading rumours or making fun of another person’s appearance.

    Psychological
    Behaviour likely to instil a sense of fear or anxiety in another person.

    Raising Explorers recognises that legitimate behaviour may include many of these facets, but when one or more parties becomes targeted on a frequent and recurrent basis the experience of those affected can be extremely negative. Despite all efforts to prevent it, bullying behaviour may occur on rare occasions and Raising Explorers will respond to all incidents thoroughly and sensitively.

    Strategy

    • Staff member will inform their centre manager if they witness an incident of bullying at Raising Explorers.
    • Children will be encouraged to report any incidents of alleged bullying immediately and will be reassured that what they say will be taken seriously and handled sensitively.
    • If a child or staff member tells someone they are being bullied, they will be given the time to explain what has happened and reassured that they were right to tell.
    • The centre manager will always ask the alleged bully to explain their side and take into account their response when deciding whether bullying has occurred.
    • If it is decided that bullying behaviour has occurred then in most cases, the behaviour can be addressed by using the strategies Raising Explorers Behaviour Management Policy. The alleged bully will be encouraged to discuss their behaviour and think through the consequences of their actions. Where appropriate, they will be encouraged to talk through the incident with the other person/people involved.
    • Raising Explorers will inform the parent of all children involved in the alleged bullying incidents at the earliest opportunity.
    • All children involved in any bullying incident will be offered support. Raising Explorers may contact the Childcare Advisor to enquire about local support groups. These will be passed onto the children and their parents will be informed of this action.
    • Where bullying behaviour persists, the alleged bully’s parents will receive a written warning that the child must stop this behaviour.
    • If bullying continues the alleged bully’s parents will receive a final written warning that suspension or exclusion will occur from Raising Explorers if the behaviour does not stop.
    • As a final option, if bullying still continues the alleged bully will be excluded from attending the centre for a set period of time as decided by the centre manager.
    • After the incident has been dealt with staff members will monitor the children involved to ensure further problems do not occur.
    • If the child who has been bullied or the alleged bully or their parents have any issues concerning the way the incident had been dealt with they should contact the centre manager immediately.

    This policy was adopted by Raising Explorers on 1st April 2015.

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