In keeping with the school Vision and Mission and the National Safe Schools Framework, initiated by the Federal Government, which mandates that all Australian schools be safe and supportive environments and that it is the right of all school community members to feel safe, our anti-bullying policy has as its purpose to create a school that is a place where we love and care for one another and where we are responsible for our actions and accept the consequences for wrong doing. Every student and staff member has the right to feel safe within our learning and working environment. In keeping with our Catholic Ethos, we state that any form of bullying will not be condoned or supported.
Therefore, bullying or harassment is not accepted in any form. All members of our community are committed to ensuring a safe and supportive environment which promotes personal growth and fosters positive self-esteem for all. We aim to maintain a setting in which everyone feels valued and respected and where individual differences are appreciated, understood and accepted.
Our policy works within the framework of the School Vision and Mission Statement, Syllabus and Guideline documents (Religious Education, Personal and Social Development and HPE), the School Behaviour Management Plan, Brisbane Catholic Education Regulations and Guidelines and Brisbane Catholic Education Anti-Bullying Policy – see Appendix 1. The National Safe Schools Framework governs us in creating an anti-bullying policy, which promotes positive relationships. This policy and its procedures address, in the main, child to child bullying and common behavioural situations.
There is a need to consult the BCEC Student Protection Policy when the situation is one which involves adult-to-adult, adult to child or child to child abusive behaviours or harm. The Student Protection policy outlines BCEC policy and procedures with regard to these situations and contains direction to appropriate documentation for specific scenarios.(see Appendix 2) The Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Primary School, Anti-Bullying Policy and Procedures therefore works in conjunction with the BCEC Student Protection Policy and its accompanying “Feeling Safe Strategies" and “Reporting Processes".
There is a need to consult the Archdiocese of Brisbane, Workplace Bullying and Sexual Harassment Policy, Procedures and Guidelines when specifically addressing staff to staff, employer to employee or staff to parent situations involving bullying and harassment. This Workplace Health and Safety Policy may also be referred to in student-to-student situations in conjunction with the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Primary School, Anti-Bullying Policy and Procedures.
Bullying is defined as repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological behaviour that is harmful and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons (National Safe School's Framework, 2011)
Forms of bullying:
What is NOT Bullying (referenced from BCE guidelines)In keeping with the above definition, “one off" incidents involving social isolation, conflict, random acts of aggression/intimidation or meanness are not defined as bullying. SIGNS YOUR CHILD MAYBE BEING BULLIED
At Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Primary School we will:- Openly talk about bullying – what it is, how it affects individuals, groups and the community and what we can do about it.
Primary Prevention Programs
Programs used in the school that cover key concepts include:
RESPONSIBILITIES AND RESPONSE
At school, it is everyone's responsibility to take the necessary steps to stop bullying behaviour.
Staff, students and parents have the following responsibilities:
All School officers:
Students will be encouraged and supported to:
RESPONSE When an investigation about bullying is required, the following procedures will be followed:
1. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Primary School adopts a 'no blame' approach and process in the first instance. Those involved will be interviewed (by teacher or Leadership Team member) and made aware of the suspected bullying and the school's anti-bullying position. At this stage there may not be any consequences and parents may not be notified. The incident, if deemed not to be bullying, may be recorded and tracked according to the Behaviour Support Plan.
2. If bullying is identified, the teacher/ Leadership Team may choose to use the following methods (Rigby, K. 2013) with the children involved:
Parents of both the child exhibiting the bullying behaviour and the child who has been bullied will be notified of the level and severity of the incident/s and our response. A record of the incident is kept on the file using the School Behaviour Data Base. (Attached form to be completed by teacher with initial information). An action plan is formulated.
3. Support and Monitor - continued monitoring by the classroom teacher and support will take place for an agreed period of time. This will be dependent on a number of variables some of which may be 1) age, 2) severity of incident, 3) frequency, 4) patterns of behaviour. Monitoring and support given will be recorded.
4. Continued bullying would result in a further action plan being devised, appropriate consequences for the child (see list below), and further dialogue with the parents. The Guidance Counsellor and or Learning Support staff and Brisbane Catholic Education personnel may be involved in formulating this action plan. Responses to bullying actions may include:
a. Risk management procedures (e.g Withdrawal from playground)
b. Teaching of social problem solving strategies
c. Offering opportunities for reconciliation between victim and bully
d. Ongoing counselling from an appropriate agency
e. Rewards for positive behaviour
f. Internal suspension
g. External suspension
We support the student who has been bullied in the following ways:
We support the student who has bullied in the following ways:
All complaints of bullying will be recorded on the School Behaviour Database.
Details on the database will include:
Brisbane Catholic Education schools promote a positive culture that enables all members of the school community, feel safe and supported and free from the fear of bullying, harassment, intimidation and victimisation and feel safe and supported.
Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Brisbane provide all students with opportunities to develop positive behaviours and self-discipline in a safe, supportive environment where mutually respectful relationships are the defining features of a dynamic, Christ-centred community.
The prevention and management of bullying is incorporated within the Brisbane Catholic Education Student Behaviour Support Policy - Rationale and Guidelines, Procedures and Regulations. Each school's Student Behaviour Support Plan should address all forms of bullying in line with these documents.
Bullying is defined as repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological behaviour that is harmful and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons (National Safe Schools' Framework, 2011).
Each Catholic community, organisation and individual collaboratively engaged in the educational ministry of the Church in the Archdiocese of Brisbane is called to:
We promote faith in Jesus Christ, teaching and learning about Jesus, the gospel and the faith of the Catholic Christian community. Learning is lifelong, life-giving and engages the whole person.
Inspired by the Holy Spirit, we challenge those we educate to live in communion with God, others and the whole of creation in prayerful, sacramental, just, peaceful, inclusive and reconciling communities.
We educate for a transformed world in communion, by nurturing the gifts and potential of each person, enacting shared leadership, and exercising a preferential option for the poor and marginalised.
This policy document is aligned with the Vision Statement for Catholic Education above and its purpose is to reaffirm and strengthen Catholic school communities to:
The National Safe Schools' Framework (2011) states a safe and supportive school is one in which
“…….. diversity is valued and all members of the school community feel respected and included and can be confident that they will receive support in the face of any threats to their safety and wellbeing".
In line with the National Safe Schools Framework it is expected that:-
Brisbane Catholic Education office and school personnel will be familiar with:
Resources to Support policyThe Brisbane Catholic Education Preventing and Responding to Student Bullying in Schools Guidelines and Procedures has been developed to provide background, guidelines and resources to this policy and to clearly outline expectations in relation to its implementation.
Catholic schools uphold the dignity of the human person, strives to develop the whole person and are committed to ensuring that support is provided in cases of abuse/harm of children/students or where such abuse/harm is suspected or alleged.
This policy document applies to Brisbane Catholic Education schools. It refers to cases of abuse/harm of children1/students2 or where such abuse/harm is suspected or alleged.
The document Towards Healing - Principles and Procedures in Responding to Complaints of Abuse Against Personnel of the Catholic Church in Australia (third reprint, December 2000) covers complaints of sexual, physical, psychological and emotional abuse against persons working in the name of the Church (clerics, religious personnel, lay employees or volunteers). The Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference and the Australian Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes have adopted this document. Brisbane Catholic Education applies Towards Healing principles and procedures through its document Student Protection – Reporting and investigative processes of inappropriate behaviour and child/student harm by employees.
All other cases of abuse/harm, eg sexual, emotional, physical abuse and neglect of child/student are covered by Brisbane Catholic Education's Student Protection – Reporting processes for allegations of child/student harm by someone who is not immediately associated with the school, other students, and student self-harm.
Jesus insisted on the primacy of love: love of God and love of each other. No one was excluded from his love. In fact, by word and deed He showed a special preference for the poor, the powerless and the vulnerable, those often relegated to the margins of society. He especially loved children for of such are the Kingdom of heaven (Mt 19:14).
Four Character Chart – Insert from Beating Bully Bulldozer Program