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Bullying and Peer-on-peer Abuse

Bullying and peer on peer abuse can happen in every school but is rare at The Sir Robert Woodard Academy.

We aim to educate our students about the impact of bullying and attempt to reduce instances as much as possible through various means.  A copy of the Academy’s anti-bullying policy can be found on our website here and should be visited for more detail.

What is bullying?

Bullying is defined as the repetitive, intentional harming of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. Bullying is, therefore: deliberately hurtful; repeated, often over a period of time; difficult to defend against. The term bullying is therefore not appropriate when describing one off incidents, accidents, incidents without intent or friendship fallouts. Peer on Peer Abuse is defined as a serious form of bullying (abuse) between persons of a similar age and as such has wider safeguarding implications.

What to do if you think bullying is taking place?

Finding out that someone you know and care about is experiencing bullying can be very upsetting however the most important thing to do if you suspect bullying is happening is to remain calm and to tell someone.  The Academy cannot help stop bullying if it does not know about it.  Students, Parents, staff or members of the public should report incidents of peer abuse and/or bullying to the child’s Chapter teams (Tutor, Pastoral Support Officer (PSO) or Chapter Leader either in person, by phone or by email. 

How SRWA deals with bullying

If someone reports an incident to us chapter teams will take steps to investigate immediately.  It is important to be clear that investigating claims of bullying can take time and can be challenging due to the nature of the issues involved and the sensitivity.   If, based on the balance of probabilities, bullying is found to be taking place then sanctions may be used against the perpetrator(s) in line with the academy behaviour and rewards policy.

In some cases, even if bullying is found to be taking place, sanctions may not be the best option to prevent on-going issues.  Professional judgement will be used based on the evidence available to determine outcomes that are in the best interests for the victims of the bullying.   We understand that bulling can have a serious impact on behaviour and confidence of learners and offer support to all involved through our pastoral systems.

At SRWA we also have an anonymous peer to peer support group that are specially trained to support other young people to deal with the impacts of bullying.  If you would like to report something to our anti-bullying group, please email listeningear@srwa.woodard.co.uK

In addition to this, the Academy’s Social, Moral, Spiritual and cultural (SMSC) education and the “ASPIRE” PSHE programme routinely addresses issues of Anti-bullying and E Safety throughout the year.  The skills for life curriculum in KS3 and the “Healthy relationships” and “Healthy Mind; Healthy Body” ASPIRE days scheduled for Key Stage 4 ensure that issues around bullying and peer on peer abuse are regularly re-visited.

Full details of procedures can be found in the Anti-bullying Policy document.

Safeguarding and Child Protection

All bullying incidents that may have a safeguarding implication are referred to the DSL in line with the Child Protection Policy, also available on the Academy website.

Further Support

Further support in dealing with bullying can be found in the following place:

www.nationalbullyinghelpline.co.ukwww.youngminds.org.uk/find-help/feelings-and-symptoms/bullying/

www.youngminds.org.uk/find-help/feelings-and-symptoms/bullying/

www.bullying.co.uk/

www.nspcc.org.uk/what-is-child-abuse/types-of-abuse/bullying-and-cyberbullying/

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