Children and young people have a right to feel safe within their community and the right to feel safe from bullying. Trafalgar School regards bullying as a serious matter and all instances will be dealt with accordingly. To ignore bullying is to condone it, we are therefore all responsible for the safety and welfare of our students and combating bullying is a responsibility to be shared equally by every adult on our staff.
Bullying is a behaviour which can be defined as the repeated attack: physical, psychological, social or verbal in nature, by another, with the intention of causing distress for their own gain or gratification. It is the wilful conscious desire to hurt or threaten or frighten someone else.
A one-off incident may not necessarily be bullying. A minor incident which is repeated however, is bullying.
Bullying impacts on attendance and attainment at school and can have a life-long impact on some young people’s lives.
Trafalgar School may regard any of the following as bullying:
- Verbal or physical abuse
- Threatening language or behaviour
- Sexist language and harassment
- Racist language and harassment
- Demanding money, or goods and favours
- Social ostracism
- Denying someone access to their property
- Spreading rumours or gossip
- Name calling or teasing
- Negative language or harassment regarding sexual orientation (homophobic or biphobic bullying), or gender identity (transphobic bullying)
- Cyber bullying via social media and mobile phones.
Bullying behaviour that has been experienced in British schools within the last few years ranges from teasing, taunting, name-calling, jostling, punching, kicking, intimidation, extortion, to assault and maiming. Nationally, one child, at least, has died as the result of bullying and some have committed suicide because of it.
We therefore strongly believe:
- It is never a joke, or funny to the person being bullied
- It is never an acceptable part of ‘just growing up’
- It can never be excused by saying ‘they will get used to it’
- It is never an accident
- It is never excusable on the grounds that ‘he or she asked for it’ (irritating behaviour can always be dealt with in non-aggressive ways)
- It is never a matter of weakness on the part of the person being bullied.
It is the responsibility of all staff, parents/carers, governors, volunteers, visitors and students to promote an anti-bullying culture; reporting and sanctioning incidents of bullying and protecting and supporting any victims of bullying.
If you are worried someone is being bullied, please complete the simple online report form or contact your child’s Head of House.
Recommended on-line support and advice:
Beatbullying – www.beatbullying.org
Bulliesout - www.bulliesout.com
Bullying UK (part of Family Lives) www.bullying.co.uk
Childline – www.childline.org.uk
Internet Matters - www.internetmatters.org
Childnet International – www.childnet.com
Cyberbullying.org – www.cyberbullying.org
Get Safe Online - www.getsafeonline.org
Sexual & Physical Abuse
Kidscape – www.kidscape.org.uk