Gaelscoil Chluain Meala

 

Polasaí Frithbhulaíochta Anti-Bullying Policy Eanáir 2019

1. In accordance with the requirements of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000 and the code of behaviour guidelines issued by the NEWB, the Board of Management of Gaelscoil Chluain Meala has adopted the following anti-bullying policy within the framework of the school’s overall code of behaviour. This policy fully complies with the requirements of the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools which were published in September 2013.

2. The Board of Management recognises the very serious nature of bullying and the negative impact that it can have on the lives of pupils and is therefore fully committed to the following key principles of best practice in preventing and tackling bullying behaviour:

 ■A positive school culture and climate which-

· is welcoming of difference and diversity and is based on inclusivity;

· encourages pupils to disclose and discuss incidents of bullying behaviour in a non-threatening environment; and

· promotes respectful relationships across the school community;

■ Effective leadership;

■ A school-wide approach;

■ A shared understanding of what bullying is and its impact;

■ Implementation of education and prevention strategies (including awareness raising measures) that-

· build empathy, respect and resilience in pupils; and

· explicitly address the issues of cyber-bullying and identity-based bullying including in particular, homophobic and transphobic bullying, racist bullying, bullying based on a person’s membership of the Traveller community and bullying of those with disabilities or special educational needs.  

■ Effective supervision and monitoring of pupils;

■ Supports for staff;

■ Consistent recording, investigation and follow up of bullying behaviour (including use of established intervention strategies); and

■ On-going evaluation of the effectiveness of the anti-bullying policy.

 

3. In accordance with the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools bullying is defined as follows:

 

Bullying is unwanted negative behaviour, verbal, psychological or physical conducted, by an individual or group against another person (or persons) and which is repeated over time.

The following types of bullying behaviour are included in the definition of bullying:

· deliberate exclusion, malicious gossip and other forms of relational bullying,

· cyber-bullying and

· identity-based bullying such as homophobic bullying, racist bullying, bullying based on a person’s membership of the Traveller community and bullying of those with disabilities or special educational needs.

 

Isolated or once-off incidents of intentional negative behaviour, including a once-off offensive or hurtful text message or other private messaging, do not fall within the definition of bullying and should be dealt with, as appropriate, in accordance with the school’s code of behaviour.

However, in the context of this policy, placing a once-off offensive or hurtful public message, image or statement on a social network site or other public forum where that message, image or statement can be viewed and/or repeated by other people will be regarded as bullying behaviour.

Negative behaviour that does not meet this definition of bullying will be dealt with in accordance with the school’s code of behaviour.

4. Each Class Teacher is responsible for investigating and dealing with bullying using resources from handbook 2 www.anti-bullyingcampaign.ie  Sean Fallon. (As per Section 6.8 of the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools):

 

5. The education and prevention strategies (including strategies specifically aimed at cyber-bullying and identity-based bullying including homophobic and transphobic bullying, racist bullying, bullying based on a person’s membership of the Traveller community and bullying of those with disabilities or special educational needs) that will be used by the school are as follows

· Procedures and resources as specified in Anti-bullying campaign resources (Handbooks One &Two) Sean Fallon. www.antobullyingcampaign.ie

(as per Section 6.5 of the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools):

 

 

6. The school’s procedures for investigation, follow-up and recording of bullying behaviour and the established intervention strategies used by the school for dealing with cases of bullying behaviour are as follows 

· Procedures and resources as specified in Anti-bullying campaign resources (Handbook Two) Sean Fallon.   www.antibullyingcampaign.ie: ( as per Section 6.8 of the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools)

 

 

7. The school’s programme of support for working with pupils affected by bullying include the following: 

· Anti-bullying campaign resources Sean Fallon handbook 1/2. www.antibullyingcampaign.ie

· Circle Time – Jenny Mosley

· Stay Safe Programme

· RSE Programme

· Incredible Years

· Zippy’s Friends

· Roots of Empathy

· Activities on promoting mental wellbeing, cooperative and group activities

· Webwise

· An outside speaker organised by the Parents’ Council every second year for Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Class on Cybersafety.

· Social Skills group

· Lessons on other cultures

(as per Section 6.8 of the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools) :I

Intervention from NEPS or counselling service may be considered if deemed necessary.

 

8. Supervision and Monitoring of Pupils

 

The Board of Management confirms that appropriate supervision and monitoring policies and practices are in place to both prevent and deal with bullying behaviour and to facilitate early intervention where possible.

 

9. Prevention of Harassment

 

The Board of Management confirms that the school will, in accordance with its obligations under equality legislation, take all such steps that are reasonably practicable to prevent the sexual harassment of pupils or staff or the harassment of pupils or staff on any of the nine grounds specified i.e. gender including transgender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race and membership of the Traveller community.

 

10. This policy was adopted by the Board of Management on November 27th 2013 and reviewed annually with the latest review on January 16th 2019.

 

11. This policy has been made available to school personnel, published on the school website, is readily accessible to parents and pupils on request and provided to the Parents’ Association. A copy of this policy will be made available to the Department and the patron if requested.

 

12. This policy and its implementation will be reviewed by the Board of Management once in every school year. Written notification that the review has been completed will be made available to school personnel, published on the school website and provided to the Parents’ Association.

A record of the review and its outcome will be made available, if requested, to the patron and the Department.

 

Signed: ____________________________________ Signed: ___________________________

              Seán Ó Ciardha                                                             Karen Mhic Gearailt

(Chairperson of Board of Management)                                   (Principal)

 

Date: 16/01/2019 Date: 16/01/2019

 

Date of next review: Eanáir 2020