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Anti Bullying – What Procedures to Follow:

Discovering that your child is being bullied at school is undoubtedly distressing and as a parent you are right to want the bullying stopped. In this section we offer you guidance on how best to approach this issue with the school. Knowledge of the correct procedures to follow can make all the difference to helping your child. Please take time to read our guidance
 
All schools have a legal responsibility to maintain standards of behaviour and discipline.
 
Your child’s school should have a clear and well publicised Anti-Bullying policy stating that bullying is unacceptable in any form. Ultimately your school's headteacher is responsible for putting in place strategies to tackle bullying, maintain acceptable standards of discipline and behaviour and to promote respect for all. In addition your school's governors are responsible for whole school discipline, the ethos of the school and its values and for putting in place an effective complaints procedure. Schools also have duty under the 2010 Equality Act to have regard for the need to promote good relations between different groups, for example ethnic/religious groups, people who are disabled and those who are not lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people. 
 
While these structures are in place please remember that bullying may unfortunately still occur. It is normal to feel angry and worried for your child’s safety and frustrated by a difficult situation. However the fact that your child has been able to talk to you about being bullied and to ask for help is a vote of confidence for you. Many children feel unable to talk about it and many keep this problem to themselves. Your child has been very brave in speaking out and has taken a big and frightening step towards resolving what will be a very traumatic situation.
 
Therefore please be mindful of our guidance should you decide to approach your school about a bullying issue.​

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What You Should Do: 

 
  • Make an appointment with a member of school staff or if you feel necessary, the headteacher. 
  • Explain clearly why you have asked for the meeting. 
  • Allow sufficient time for the matter to be investigated properly. 
  • Encourage your child to record any further incidents of bullying they experience in a diary as a record of names, places, dates and times. 
  • At your meeting do your best to remain calm and share details of incidents your child has experienced and the impact it has had on them. 
  • State your intention to support your child and ask for the school’s commitment to ensuring that the bullying stops. 
  • Write down what actions are agreed at the meeting and check with the staff present that these are agreed
  • After your meeting allow time for the school to respond to the incidents and deal with those responsible. 
  • If you feel the school's actions have been inadequate make sure the Headteacher and another Senior Manager know. Explain why you are still unhappy. Say that you do not want to make a formal complaint but you and your child really need some more action to be taken. 
  • Finally, if the bullying persists make a formal complaint in writing to the Chair of Governors explaining what has happened and what you feel would be a satisfactory outcome. 
  • Remember that your child’s well being and safety is the most important factor – not revenge.​


There are several useful national websites which aim to help parents raise bullying issues with schools:


https://www.kidscape.org.uk/advice/advice-for-parents-and-carers/bullying-at-school/