Bullying can be defined as deliberately aggressive, hurtful or threatening behaviour, repeated over a period time. It is the abuse of power by one person or a group of people. The four main types of bullying are physical, verbal, indirect and cyber.
At Thomas Keble we believe that every child has a right to a safe and secure environment in which to learn and achieve success. However, we recognise that bullying may take place and therefore in our Anti-bullying Policy we outline strategies for dealing with it in order to pursue the ideal of totally eradicating bullying.
We aim to:
- provide a safe and secure environment for all members of the school community.
- encourage respect for the individual at all times, celebrating the differences between us.
- prevent bullying behaviour.
The school takes full responsibility of ensuring that the school policy on anti-bullying is known to all staff, pupils, parents and governors.
We are pleased to announce that as a result of our work on anti-bullying within the school we have now been given the South West Anti-bullying Accreditation Award. Part of this award was based on a peer mentoring programme running in school.
If you would like a copy of the Anti-bullying Policy or more details about the South West Anti-bullying Accreditation Award please contact the school office on 01452 770301 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Useful information, links to websites and relevant phone numbers:
Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board – www.gscb.org.uk
South West Grid for Learning – www.swgfl.org.uk/safe
Childline – www.childline.org or 0800 1111: support for young people in emotional distress.
Parentline Plus – www.parentlineplus.org.uk or 0808 800 2222
Kidscape – www.kidscape.org.uk or 020 773 03300
Samaritans – www.samaritans.org.uk or 08457 90 90 90
Get Safe online – www.getsafeonline.org/
Think U Know – http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk
Digizen – http://www.digizen.org
Gloucestershire Families Directory – http://www.glosfamiliesdirectory.org.uk/kb5/gloucs/glosfamilies/home.page
If bullying happens through phone calls or text messages, help is available from your network provider.
For cyberbulling through emails, contact your internet service provider.
YoungMinds.org.uk – mental health awareness for young people but with sections for parents too. YoungMinds also runs a free parent helpline providing general advice around mental health worries in a young person – 0808 802 5544
Mind.org.uk – general mental health awareness, downloadable factsheets
TheCalmZone.net – male specific support around emotional distress
BBC Radio 1 Advice – google this phrase to take you to BBC Radio 1’s section looking at modern day issues facing young people and advice on how to come through them. Topics include relationships, exams, alcohol, drugs, self-harm, mental health etc.
NHS MoodZone – providing information on common mental health concerns including dealing with anger, exams etc.
Healthtalk.org / Youthhealthtalk.org – a new website developed in conjunction with Oxford University. If you search for “self-harm” it will lead you to pages giving parents experience of self-harm, young people’s explanations of self-harm and how to support your child. Also provides information on common mental health conditions aimed at both adults and young people.
Bigwhitewall.com – an award-winning early intervention service for people 16+ in psychological distress. It combines social networking principles with a choice of clinically informed interventions to improve mental wellbeing. It can be accessed 24/7 and has staff who ensure full engagement and anonymity of all members. It costs £24 p/m or is free on prescription (in limited areas), for members/veterans of the UK Armed Forces or their families.