Anti-bullying Policy


We aim to ensure that all children in our care have fun in a safe and caring environment. It is the responsibility of the manager, the leader and indeed all of the playworkers to do everything possible to protect the children from all forms of bullying. If bullying does occur all children should be able to tell any member of staff and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively.

Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person causing pain and distress for the victim.

Forms of bullying

There are several main forms of bullying:


Emotional

Being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting, ridicule, humiliation


Physical

Pushing, kicking, hitting, punching, pinching, violence, threats


Verbal

Name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing


Racist

Racist taunts, graffiti, gestures


Sexual

Unwanted physical contact, sexually abusive comments


Homophobic

Because of, or focusing on the issue of sexuality


Mobile/internet

Abusive emails, phone calls, text messages


Recognition of bullying

The following list highlights some of the indicators of bullying. It is important to note that although a child could be displaying some signs of these signs of behaviours, it does not necessarily mean that the child is being bullied. These signs could indicate that the child has other problems, but bullying should be considered as a possibility.


Indicators of bullying

  1. Unwillingness to attend school and the club

  2. Withdrawn isolated behaviour

  3. Complaining about missing possessions and lost money

  4. Refuses to talk about the problem

  5. Easily distressed

  6. Lacking confidence, low self-esteem, anxious

  7. Becomes aggresive, disruptive, unreasonable

  8. Begins to bully other children

  9. Changes in eating and sleeping patterns

  10. Starts stammering

  11. Has unexplained cuts and bruises

Objectives of the policy

  1. All members of staff, children and parents should have an understanding of what bullying is

  2. All members of staff, children and parents should know what the club policy is on bullying and follow it when bullying occurs and is reported

  3. Bullying is taken seriously by the club and all children and parents will be fully supported if bullying is reported or observed

  4. All children and parents will be made aware of the club's behaviour policy which includes bullyimg and will be required to accept it

  5. Bullying will not be tolerated by the club


Dealing with reports of bullying

  1. The playworker should listen to the child who is being bullied and reassure them that they are safe and have done the right thing by telling someone

  2. If the bullying is not reported but a member of the play team observes that it is taking place, they should take the child aside and try to encourage them to open up about what's been happening to them

  3. All reports of bullying should be treated seriously, the playworker should try to get as much detail as possible from the child about the other children who are suspected of bullying, when it occurs and how often it occurs

  4. Even if the bullying is not happening at the club, the playworker still has a responsibility to try and help the child

  5. The playworker should explain to the child that in order to help them the leader has to be informed

  6. The leader should sit in with the playworker and the child and allow the child to recount the story freely. The playworker should use open and not leading questions to try to get as much detail from the child as possible. The leader should keep a record of what the child has said

  7. In circumstances where the leader is named as the bully the playworker should contact the manager immediately

  8. In circumstances where another playworker is named then the leader should be as discreet as possible and contact the manager immediately

  9. If the bullying is occurring not at the club, for instance in school, then the leader or manager should inform the child's parents and suggest that they inform the relevant authorities


Investigating reports of bullying at the club

  1. The leader should investigate all reports of bullying within the club. If the leader is the one being accused then the manager should conduct the investigation

  2. The leader should try to establish the facts surrounding the allegation. Both the victim and the child being accused should be treated equally and fairly and dealt with separately the leader should ask to speak to them separately

  3. The leader should inform the child accused of bullying that a complaint has been made against them and give them the opportunity to respond

Resolving the bullying

  1. If the allegation is found to be true, then the leader should try to establish why the child has been bullying and explain the hurt that it causes their victim

  2. The leader should remind the child of the club's behaviour policy and explain that bullying will not be tolerated. The consequences if their behaviour continues should also be explained

  3. The leader should ask the child accused of bullying to make a genuine apology to their victim

  4. If possible the leader should try to reconcile both parties

  5. When the parents of those involved come to collect the children the leader should ask to speak to them privately and explain what's been happening and what has been done to try and resolve the situation

  6. The parents should be reminded of the club's behaviour policy and asked that they help the club to enforce this

  7. The leader and other playworkers should monitor the situation to ensure that repeated bullying does not take place

  8. In serious cases or when bullying persists, the leader should inform the manager who should try to resolve the situation

  9. Excluding the bully should only be used as a last resort

Useful contacts


Childline England

0207 239 1000

childline.org.uk


Kidscape

0207 730 3300

kidscape.org.uk


Anti-Bullying Network

0131 651 6100

antibullying.net