Introduction

  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 (BOM) of Scoil Chaitríona Baggot Street Primary School has adopted the following anti-bullying policy within the framework of the school’s overall code of behaviour. The policy fully complies with the requirements of the Anti bullying Procedures for Primary and Post -Primary Schools which were published in September 20132. The BOM 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 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 whole school community

  1. In accordance with the Anti bullying Procedures for Primary and Post -Primary Schools bullying is defined as 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

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 will be dealt with as 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. The relevant teachers for investigating and dealing with bullying are the relevant class teacher, Siobhán Weekes, Principal and Niamh O’Malley, Deputy Principal. In cases where the child who is displaying displays bullying behaviour is recognised as exhibiting a Behavioural, Emotional and Social Disorder, the Learning Support Teacher will also be involved with the specific child and/or class.

5. The education and prevention strategies (including strategies specifically aimed at cyber bullying and identity-based bullying including in particular, homophobic and transphobic bullying) will be as follows:

Maintaining and developing our existing culture of “I’m being made feel unhappy”.

Raising the awareness of bullying as a form of unacceptable behaviour by 

Other strategies

  1. The school’s procedure for investigation, follow up and recording of bullying behaviour and the established intervention strategies used by the school for dealing with cases of bullying are as follows:Incidents of Bullying will be dealt with on a staged basis.

    Stage 1

    All reports of bullying must be dealt with initially by the class teacher.

Stage 2

If this child breaks promise and re-offends then the Principal or Deputy Principal with the class teacher will interview the child/children again. It is explained to them that this is their second time offending and that they have not committed to their promise. Again attempts will be made to resolve the situation. Once more students will sign the “Pupil Behaviour Promise 2”. This time this has to be signed by their parents. They are now advised that if they break this promise again that they will have a meeting with the principal and their parents.

Stage 3

If a child breaks their promise twice then the matter is referred to the Board of Management. The Principal and the Chairperson of the Board will meet with the child and the parent and the child may be suspended for up to 3 days. The Principal has the permission of the Board of Management to suspend for up to 3 days.

Recording of incidents: All incidents will be logged by class teacher and incidents which have not been adequately and appropriately addressed within 20 school days will be recorded by the class teacher on the recording template as in Appendix 3 (Anti bullying Procedures for Primary and Post -Primary Schools). This template will be completed in full and a copy given to the Principal. At least once every school term the Principal will provide a report to the BOM setting out the overall number of bullying cases reported by means of this template and confirmation that all cases are being dealt with in accordance with procedure.

7. The school’s programme of support for working with pupils affected by bullying is as follows:

Victims of alleged bullying
– The child is reassured from the outset that he or she is not to blame.
– Strategies for developing or restoring confidence are explored between the child’s teacher and parents/guardians.
– Staged approach- class support, school support( as per Continuum -Behavioural, Emotional and Social difficulties- NEPS)

Children displaying bullying behaviour
– Clinical referral and assessment may be necessary.
– Staged approach – class support, school support (as per Continuum-Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties– NEPS

– In certain cases too it may be necessary to invite assistance from formal agencies such as Gardai,(J.L.O) Health Board, Local Youth Groups etc. The school will constantly remind parents of the dangers of “cyber- bullying” as can happen with the use of social networking sites and mobile phones. We also direct their attention to the school’s Code of Behaviour.
The school cannot be responsible for disagreements between pupils that happen outside the school grounds but will make reasonable efforts to cooperate with parents in assisting them to resolve the issues.

8. Supervision and Monitoring of pupils:

The BOM 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 BOM confirms that the school will, in accordance with its obligations under equality legislation, take all such steps that are reasonably practical 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 Travelling community.

10. Evaluation of the effectiveness of the policy:

The evaluation of the policy will happen on both an informal (through teacher observation) and formal basis (use of surveys and questionnaires).

Success Criteria:

11. This policy was reviewed by the Board of Management on June 19th 2019.

12. This policy has been made available to school personnel, published on the school website and provided to the Parent’s Association. A copy of the policy will be made available to the Department and patron if requested.

13. This policy and its implementation will be reviewed by the BOM 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 Parent’s association. A record of the review and its outcome will be made available, if requested, to the Patron and to the Department.