Swindon Local Safeguarding Children Board

 

Everybody Sing Ltd

Child Protection Policy

 

Community Organisation

Updated August 2018

Issued by Swindon LSCB: April 2013 Updated: May 2016Review Date: May 2019

Introduction

 

We in Everybody Sing Ltd are committed to a practice, which protects children from harm. Staff and volunteers in this organisation accept and recognise our responsibilities to develop awareness of issues, which cause children and young people harm. We will endeavour to safeguard children and young people by –

  • Adopting child protection guidelines through a code of behaviour for staff and volunteers.

  • Sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents, staff and volunteers.

  • Sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately.

  • Following carefully the procedures for recruitment and selection of staff and volunteers

  • Providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and trainingWe are also committed to reviewing our policy and good practice on an annual basis.

Statement of Intent

 

It is the policy of Everybody Sing Ltd to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from all forms of abuse including physical, emotional and sexual harm. This organisation is committed to creating a safe environment in which young people can feel comfortable and secure while engaged in any of the classes, workshops or shows. Personnel should at all times show respect and understanding for individual’s rights, safety and welfare, and conduct themselves in a way that reflects the ethos and principles of Everybody sing Ltd.

Guidelines for all Everybody Sing Ltd staff and volunteers

 

ATTITUDES

 Staff and volunteers are committed to:

  • Treating children and young people with respect and dignity.

  • Always listening to what a child or young person is saying

  • Valuing each child and young person

  • Recognising the unique contribution each individual can make

  • Encouraging and praising each child or young person 

Staff and volunteers will endeavour to:

  • Provide an example, which we would wish others to follow

  • Use appropriate language with children and young people and challenge any inappropriate language used by a young person or child or an adult working with young people.

  • Respect a young person’s right to privacy

 

ONE TO ONE CONTACT

Staff and volunteers will:

  • Not spend excessive amounts of time alone with children, away from others. Staff should try to always be visible to others in their contact with children. Where studios do not provide windows, parents or guardians may request to be seated within the studio if felt necessary.

  • In the unlikely event of having to meet with an individual child or young person make every effort to keep this meeting as open as possible.

  • If privacy is needed, ensure that other staff are informed of the meeting and its whereabouts. 

 

PHYSICAL CONTACT

Staff and volunteers should never:

  • Engage in sexually provocative or rough physical games, including horseplay.

  • Do things of a personal nature for a child or a young person that they can do for themselves. If such an incident arises, for example, where a child or young person has limited mobility, Everybody Sing Ltd staff should seek a member of school staff or leader of the youth organisation to deal with such an incident.

  • Allow, or engage in, inappropriate touching of any kind

 

GENERAL

Staff and volunteers should:

  • Be aware that someone might misinterpret our actions no matter how well intentioned

  • Never draw any conclusions about others without checking the facts

  • Never allow ourselves to be drawn into inappropriate attention seeking situations such as tantrums or crushes

  • Never exaggerate or trivialise child abuse issues or make suggestive remarks or gestures about, or to a child or young person, even in fun

 

RELATIONSHIPS

Staff and volunteers who are involved in relationships with other members of staff or volunteers should ensure that their personal relationships do not affect their role within Everybody Sing Ltd or the work of Everybody Sing Ltd.

SHARING INFORMATION

Good communication is essential in any organisation. In Everybody sing Ltd every effort will be made to assure that, should individuals have concerns, they will be listened to and taken seriously.

It is the responsibility of the management to ensure that information is available to, and exchanged between all those involved in this organisation and its activities. Some information is confidential and should only be shared on a strictly need-to-know basis.

 

 

Children & Young People

Children and young people have a right to information, especially any information that could make life better and safer for them. Everybody sing Ltd will act to ensure they have information about how, and with whom, they can share their concerns, complaints and anxieties.

When sharing information, Everybody Sing Ltd personnel will be sensitive to the level of understanding and maturity, as well as to the level of responsibility, of the people with whom they are sharing.

Parents

Parents / persons with parental responsibility are ultimately responsible for their children’s welfare at all times, and they should be assured that their children are involved with a credible organisation.

We achieve this by

  • Publicising information on all our website and Social Media pages.

  • Publishing the named Designated Child Protection Person(s) and how to make a complaint on our website

  • Publishing a full copy of the Child Protection Policy on our website  

 

Staff & Volunteers

As an organisation, which offers support and guidance to children and young people, it is imperative that each member of Everybody Sing Ltd staff is aware of their responsibilities under the Child Protection legislation and has a working knowledge of the Everybody Sing Ltd procedures. Each member of staff will receive updated training in Child Protection every three years.

Other Bodies

A copy of our Child Protection Policy will be made available to any other appropriate body.

 

PROCEDURES FOR REPORTING ALLEGATIONS OR SUSPICIONS OF ABUSE

All action is taken in line with the following legislation/guidance:

  • South West Safeguarding and Child Protection Shared Procedures, www.online- procedures.co.uk/swcpp

  • Safeguarding Children in Education September 2015

  • Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015

  • What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused 2015. In any case where an allegation is made, or someone in Everybody sing Ltd has concerns, a record should be made. Details must include, as far as practical:

Name of child or young personAgeHome Address (if known)Date of Birth (if known)Name/s and Address of parent/s or person/s with parental responsibility Telephone numbers if available

person making the report expressing their own concerns, or passing on those of somebody If so, record details;

What has prompted the concerns?Include dates and times of any specific incidents Has the child or young person been spoken to?

If so, what was said?Has anybody been alleged to be the abuser?

If so, record details

  • Who has this been passed on to, in order that appropriate action is taken? E.g. school, designated officer, social services etc

  • Has anyone else been consulted? If so, record details

 

DESIGNATED CHILD PROTECTION PERSONS

  • The designated person will immediately inform Family Contact Point by telephone. Telephone number: 01793 466903 Out of hours telephone number: 01793 436699

  •  The telephone referral to Family Contact Point will be confirmed in writing using the form marked RF1, within a maximum of 48 hours, ideally 24 hours, with a copy to the designated person for child protection Zoe Naudo or Kerry Richings. Essential information will include pupil’s name, address, date of birth, family composition, and reason for referral, name of person receiving the referral and any advice given. This written confirmation must be signed and dated by the referrer.

  • Confidentiality must be maintained and information relating to individual children and young people/families shared with staff on a strictly need to know basis.

ALLEGED ABUSE BY STAFF, MANAGERS, VOLUNTEERS OR TRUSTEES

When an allegation is made against a member of staff or volunteer, then the allegation must be passed to your designated person for child protection Zoe Naudo or their deputy Kerry Richings, or, if the allegation concerns them both, direct to the Local Authority Designated Officer.

Your designated person for child protection should contact one of the Local Authority designated officers for consultation Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO), on 01793 466849.

The designated officer contacted will record a note of the consultation and will advise on the appropriate action that needs to be taken.

 

TRAINING

  • The designated person and his/her deputy must and will receive training every 2 years in child protection. 

  • All staff and volunteers shall have access to appropriate training on a regular basis, at least every 3 years.

 

RECORD-KEEPING

  • All records, information and confidential notes will be kept in separate files in a locked drawer or filing cabinet.

  • Only the designated Persons will have access to these files.

DISCLOSURE

  • Never guarantee absolute confidentiality, as Child Protection will always have precedence over any other issues.

  • Listen to the child, rather than question him or her directly. LSCB Example Child Protection Policy for Community Organisations, 2016.

  • Offer him / her reassurance without making promises, and take what the child says seriously.

  • Allow the child to speak without interruption

  • Accept what is said – it is not your role to investigate or question.

  • Do not overreact.

  • Alleviate feelings of guilt and isolation, while passing no judgement

  • Advise that you will try to offer support, but that you must pass the information on.

  • Explain what you have to do and whom you have to tell.

  • Record the discussion accurately, as soon as possible after the event,

  • Use the child’s words or explanations – do not translate into your own words, in case you have misconstrued what the child was trying to say.

  • Contact one of Everybody Sing’s Designated Persons for advice / guidance.The Designated Person may then discuss the concern / suspicion with the relevant organisation, and, if appropriate, make a direct referral. If Designated Person is not available, or it is inappropriate to approach them, the volunteer / member of staff with the concern should make direct contact with the relevant organisation themselves

  • Record any discussions or actions taken within 24 hours.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

For further information about what to do if you are worried a child is being abused, see the Swindon LSCB website, www.swindonlscb.org.uk/lscb-index/lcsb-workers-home/lcsb-workers-whattodo.htm.

Leaflets available from Swindon LSCB also include:

• Credit card sized leaflets entitled Workers’ Pocket Guide, which can be carried for easy reference

The South West Safeguarding and Child Protection Shared Procedures can be accessed at:

www.swcpp.org.uk

 

 

Section 2

 

Children & Vulnerable persons Safeguarding  Policy

Updated Aug 18

 

 

STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES

 

The Company will:

  • Act in accordance with its moral and legal responsibility to implement procedures through which it can discharge its duty of care for Vulnerable Persons, safeguard their wellbeing and protect them from abuse;

  • If a concern about the welfare of a Vulnerable Person is brought to the Company’s attention, it will take appropriate action to address that concern in accordance with this Policy; as appropriate in accordance with local authority policies and procedures; and, where required, in partnership with other local agencies.

  • · Respect and promote the rights, dignity, wishes and feelings of Vulnerable Persons;

  • · Establish and maintain an ethos where Vulnerable Persons feel welcome and familiar with their environment and are informed of personal arrangement such as the location of toilets and dressing rooms, and emergency arrangements such as the location of fire exits, meeting points etc. and Health and Safety considerations such as dangerous equipment, first aid provision etc;

  • · Recruit and supervise Responsible Persons in accordance with this Policy;

  • · Promote and adopt the best practice set out in this Policy through dissemination of the Policy to Responsible Persons and through training activities;

  • · Ensure that all Vulnerable Persons have the same protection regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity. The Company is committed to anti-discriminatory practice and explicitly recognises the additional needs of children from minority ethnic groups and disabled people and the barriers they may face, especially around communication

  • · Ensure that Vulnerable Persons are supervised appropriately;

  • · Ensure that all staff/Chaperones are registered with the local authority in which they reside and have an Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check;

  • · Ensure that all Company Personnel who do not necessarily have close contact with Vulnerable Persons but who are assisting in a production are aware of their conduct around Vulnerable Persons;

  • · Ensure that Responsible Persons seek to achieve a balance between artistic and / or educational outcomes and the social, emotional, intellectual and physical needs of Vulnerable Persons;

  • · Promote this Policy's guidelines, procedures, aims and objectives to who use the Company’s facilities and / or have direct access to Vulnerable Persons on its premises by providing a copy of this Policy upon request;

  • · Implement effective procedures for recording and responding to incidents, complaints and alleged or suspected incidents of abuse; and will

  • · Take seriously and respond swiftly and appropriately to suspicions and / or allegations of harm, poor practice and / or abuse in accordance with the Company’s Discipline, Grievance, Equality and / or Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblowing) policies. The Company will adhere to the relevant legislation when working with Vulnerable Persons as outlined in the following documents:-

· The Children Act 1989

· The Children Act 2004

· The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006

· The Equality Act 2010

· The Children (Performances and Activities) (England) Regulations 2014

· The Care Act 2014

· Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015

 

Everybody Sing Venue/Studios

 

Everybody Sing Ltd is located in, Unit A & C, Alpha centre, Cheney Manor, Swindon, SN2 2QJ. Unit C - The Venue has open waiting areas, leading to 3 studios. Unit A, has a Café area for waiting, which leads to 2 studios, an office space and a in house theatre space, also used for class or private lesson teaching.

 

 

Health and safety

 

Both units have been assessed for fire safety and have the appropriate number of fire prevention equipment needs. Fire alarms are also actively tested in both units.

Signage is in place in both units where appropriate.

Security camera have been put in place inside and outside the buildings, with remote access to cameras if needed.

Classes and Private Lessons

 

Whilst the school is open, safeguarding is a continuous part of the school and each member of staff is requested to recognise this as a priority.

Registers, for each class are available at all times to staff electronically and staff have the facilities in each room/studio to email, call or request support to locate a missing child from a register.

Whilst waiting for your lesson/class, Everybody Sing Ltd provides a comfortable safe waiting area. Everybody Sing asks parents to wait with children before the class and be present on site at the time of collection; this falls within the responsibility of the parent to be there for your child, as reception areas do not always provide staff.

If you are going to be late to pick up your child, you can call the school number 03333 44 56 55 or email info@everybodysing.co.uk or kerry@everybodysing.co.uk who will alert the relevant person to ensure a teacher can be contacted and keep your child safe.

It is the responsibility of the parent to inform ES of an alternative pickup name. ES will not be held accountable for holding a child back from being collected without this information. This is for the protection of the child and follows safeguarding procedures.

Classes and Private Lessons, could be held in any one of the studios or theatre space available. Most have windows to allow a parent to see in to the lesson. Those that do not, if concerned a parent may request via the ES office to observe their child’s lesson.  All staff hold a DBS licence.

Staff

Code of conduct

Do:

  • Treat vulnerable persons with dignity and respect

  • Make the welfare of a vulnerable person top priority

  • Be open with teaching involving parent and if requested to allow lesson observation

  • Ensure records are kept of any injuries

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Do not:

  • Engage in inappropriate physical, verbal or electronic contact with vulnerable persons

  • Offer a lift to a vulnerable person outside of activity and outside of permissions

  • Arrange meetings with vulnerable persons outside of work

  • Accept ‘Friend’ requests from vulnerable persons you have met during the course of your work duties.

  • Adopt common sense when policy or practice states another, more prudent approach.

 

If you are concerned about a member of staff you may refer this to:

Zoe Naudo zoe@everybodysing.co.uk

Or

Kerry Richings kerry@everybodysing.co.uk

Accidents on Site

 

If there is an accident on site an accident book will be provided. The teacher onsite will assess the situation. Depending on the severity, a parent maybe informed and potential collection of the child may be required. If a child has injured themselves and is not able continue, ES does not expect the child to continue with their class/lesson. 999 may be called in an emergency.

Behaviour within the school

 

Respectful behaviour from staff, volunteers, students and parents is expected at all times, creating a safe, friendly and comfortable environment for all.

 

Inappropriate language, aggression, violence, inappropriate comments or actions towards any vulnerable person(s) will be taken seriously. If a student feels they have a reason to report a member of staff, volunteer a student or parent in the interest of safeguarding or the welfare of others, they must report this to the following names: Zoe Naudo or Kerry Richings. This will be dealt with under safeguarding procedures of the school.

 

Welfare of Others

If disruptive or rude behaviour is consistent from a student 16yrs and under or as an adult school member, the welfare of the others will be seriously considered. Each case is dealt with independently, considering all the facts. However, in very severe cases this may mean dismissal from the class or school.

Bullying

Bullying of any form will not be tolerated in the school and is taken as a serious allegation. If you feel you are being bullied, a member of staff will need to be informed, which will be passed on to the Safeguarding Lead and dealt with accordingly. The school holds an anti bullying policy. 

Abuse towards staff

Abuse toward teacher’s, staff or volunteers will not be tolerated, any member of the school or public found to be abusive or aggressive will be asked to leave the premises.

 

 

Shows/Events - On location

Entrance and exit of venue

 

ES is a school that likes to provide opportunities for the children to perform. When in a premises, outside of the school location, such as the Wyvern Theatre the Arts Centre or other locations, there are a number of procedures that are in place.

 

  • Signing in and out - it is the parent’s responsibility to inform the appropriate person on the desk who is picking up a child.

  • Between shows – If a parent wishes their child to go outside of the venue between shows without an adult, permission must be given in writing by the parent.

  • A register is taken for all under 16yrs dressing rooms before and during a show.

  • Each child is signed in and out of a premises and parent/guardians must located and identified by the child that the parent is correct.

  • If there are any circumstances where there are only certain adults allowed to collect a child, the school must be alerted before these events.

 

 

Performance Licences

 

Each child under the age of 16 yrs must have a Performance licence for shows/events as per the Swindon Council guidelines.

ES will take on the approval of the relevant licences for each child under the 4-performance threshold. We work with parents for individual licences where possible. 

 

 

Individual Licences

 

Each child 16 yrs and under must declare the amount of performances the have taken part in. If a child has performed 4 times or more within 6 months of the show date, they must apply for this licence via Swindon Borough Council  - childlicence@swindon.gov.uk

The child must have this licence with them at the performance and be able to provide a copy to the school and theatre if required.

 

 

Chaperones

 

Each chaperone has a DBS certificate. Everybody Sing Ltd ensures that the are no more than 12 children to each chaperone and where special needs are required a child may be given one to one care either by their own parent or a DBS checked chaperone.

Each Dressing room is given a ‘Lead’ who co-ordinates the room, ensuring the care of each child is met.

Licensed chaperones will be with licensed Children. This also works to the ratio 1 to 12.

 

 

Refreshments

 

It is the parent’s responsibility to provide their child with plenty of water and snacks during any performance. Please do not provide fizzy drinks or chocolate-based items.

 

Illness

 

If a child appears or informs a chaperone they are not well. The chaperone will firstly talk to the child to ascertain what is wrong. They will they locate the safeguarding lead and follow the policies and procedures, which may involve informing a parent and potential collection of the child. If I child is unwell they will not be expected to perform.

Accidents

 

If there is an accident within the location/theatre space, the chaperone must locate and inform the safeguarding lead and the theatres/locations first aider. An accident book will be provided on the day from both ES and the Theatre/location. Depending on the severity, a parent maybe informed and potential collection of the child may be required. If a child has injured themselves and is not able to perform, ES does not expect the child to continue with their performance. Accidents may be reported to the SBC safeguarding team. 999 may be called in an emergency.

 

 

Defacing of property

 

When out on location, ES expects every students and staff member to respect their surroundings and leave rooms in the state they entered them.  Any person found to be defacing property, may be asked to leave the theatre. Depending on the severity, a parent maybe informed and potential collection of child may be required. In very severe cases this may mean dismissal from the school.

 

 

Behaviour

 

Inappropriate language, aggression, violence, inappropriate comments or actions towards a vulnerable person(s) will be taken seriously. If a student feels they have a reason to report a member of staff or a volunteer they must report this to the following names: Zoe Naudo or Kerry Richings. This will be dealt with under safeguarding procedures of the school.

If a referral is required, this will follow the child protection policy.

 

Equally all students must also adhere to the section above. Any inappropriate behaviour will be noted and passed to a parent. Depending on the severity a parent maybe informed and potential collection of child may be required. In very severe cases this may mean dismissal from the school.

 

 

Alcohol

 

Under no circumstances, must any adult or child have alcohol at a venue unless within a licensed bar area and at the legal drinking age or over. 

 

 

Health and Safety at a Venue

 

Each venue will have their own health and safety policies. It is important that when given information regarding hazards, staff, volunteers and children must be aware. Chaperones will also be aware for the younger members of the school.

As an example, Theatre equipment to be aware of will be: Wires on the floor, heat from lighting, stage scenery and sets, curtains and tabs coming up and down.

Risk assessments are carried out before each show by ES on location, taking in to account set props and venue.

 

 

Staff at venue

 

ES Staff/Volunteers, at any venue will be known to the students, as they will have lanyards/t-shirts identifying them as chaperone/staff or volunteers of the school. All members of the team, staff or volunteers will have supplied a DBS certificate before being able to enter the area with children.

 

Venue staff will have their own safeguarding policies and procedures, if a vulnerable person(s) within the school, feels they have reason to alert a member of staff regarding inappropriate behaviour from a venue staff member, they must locate their chaperone or safeguarding lead and inform them. The chaperone must note down the facts, then pass this on to the safeguarding lead on site. This will follow child protection procedures.

Staff members to alert are:

  • Sophie Richings

  • Kerry Richings

  • Zoe Naudo

 

 

Photography and Filming

 

There is no filming or photography on location, unless permission has been provided by the Location/Theatre Manager/Hirer.

 

If filming takes places for shows/theatrical performances and you do not wish you children to be in this, you must declare this to the school as soon as possible.

Everybody Sing Ltd

Anti-Bullying Policy

Updated Aug 2018

ANTI-BULLYING POLICY STATEMENT

 

Bullying is the intimidation of an individual or group by another individual or group. Bullying implies a wilful and conscious desire to hurt, threaten, or frighten someone with an intention to cause distress and can cause long-term psychological damage.

Bullying is often done for the bully’s personal gain or gratification. It is often aimed at impressing others.

Bullying can take place in school but it can also happen during out-of-school events (shopping, trips, leave-outs etc.) On these occasions, the Principal of the school remains responsible for the welfare of all pupils.

What types of bullying are there?

  • Emotional (being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting, threatening behaviour)

  • Verbal (name calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing)

  • Physical (pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence)

  • Extortion (demanding money/goods with threats)

  • Cyber (all areas of internet, email and internet chatroom misuse. Mobile threats by text messaging and calls.Misuse of associated technology ie: camera andvideo facilities including those on mobile phones)

  • Racist, religious and cultural (taunts, graffiti, gestures)

  • Sexual (unwanted physical contact, sexually abusive comments)

  • Homophobic (because of, or focussing on the issue of sexuality)

  • Bullying related to learning difficulties, special educational needs or disabilities

Aims at Everybody Sing

ES is committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our pupils so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is totally unacceptable at our school. Therefore, our aims are:

  • To make clear all forms of bullying, including cyber bullying, are unacceptable at Everybody Sing

  • To enable everyone to feel safe while at Everybody Sing and encourage pupils to report incidents of bullying, including cyber bullying

  • To deal with each incident of bullying, including cyber bullying, as effectively as possible, taking into consideration the needs of all parties and of our school and as a result to reduce the incidents of bullying.

  • To support and protect victims of bullying and ensure they are listened to

  • To help and support pupils displaying bullying behaviour to change their attitudes and understand why it needs to change

  • To liaise with parents and other appropriate members of our community

OBJECTIVES

 

  • To maintain and develop effective listening systems for pupils

  • To ensure all staff deal with incidents of bullying, including cyber bullying, effectively and promptly

  • To equip all staff with the skills and information necessary to deal with incidents of bullying

  • To communicate with parents effectively on the subject of bullying

  • To acknowledge the key role of every staff member in dealing with incidents of bullying

  • To ensure that all incidents of bullying, including cyber bullying, are recorded

  • To promote emotional health and wellbeing across the whole school and for all members of our community to role-model this in all situations.

 

All staff encourage pupils to disclose incidents of bullying and allegations are taken seriously and investigated. All perpetrators will incur sanctions, up to and including exclusion, relative to the seriousness of their behaviour. Sanctions will reasonably take account of any special educational needs or disabilities that the pupils may have and take into account the needs of vulnerable pupils as stated in the DfE’s guidelines, “Safe to learn: Embedding anti-bullying work in schools”. All incidents of bullying will be recorded and their frequency and type monitored. This information will be used to inform the development of the school's anti-bullying work. Parents will be involved at an early stage when it is felt to be necessary. Parents will help and support the victim and work with the perpetrator on changing their behaviour. A range of methods is used with offenders and to support victims.

RECOGNISING BULLIES

 

Bullying includes the wilful, conscious desire to hurt, threaten or frighten someone else. To do this the bully has to have some sort of power over someone. This power is not always recognisable to the teacher.

Bullying can be hard to distinguish from ‘tit-for-tat’ behaviour, which is also unacceptable.

Children and young people who bully others often have the following characteristics:

  • They enjoy the sense of power it gives them. There is often a wish to ‘dominate’

  • They tend to be assertive and aggressive (to peers, parents, teachers, and siblings) in attitude and often lack self-control.

  • They tend to lack empathy and cannot imagine what the victim feels.

  • They lack a sense of guilt and rationalise their actions. They convince themselves and sometimes the victim that the bullying treatment was/is ‘deserved’.

  • They may be victims of troubled domestic circumstances.

  • They can be of any age.

  • They often have an inflated sense of self-esteem.

  • They may be physically strong and many act impulsively.

  • Many children may have experienced bullying themselves – from parents, siblings or peers. Some children may have been abused.

  • They may often feel that they are different, inadequate, have no sense of achievement.

 

RECOGNISING POTENTIAL VICTIMS

The following pupils may be particularly vulnerable to bullying:

  • New pupils and younger pupils.

  • Pupils who show differences in appearance, accent, background or interests.

  • Pupils with poor social skills.

  • Those with low self-esteem who react nervously or dramatically to baiting.

  • Children who are very clever/talented.

  • Children who are anxious and/or insecure, sensitive and quiet.

  • Pupils who are lonely and isolated but close to parents. However, any pupils who find themselves “in the wrong place at the wrong time” could be potential targets.

 

PREVENTION OF BULLYING 

To support our anti bullying within Everybody Sing, it is included in our safeguarding policy which is available on our website. Bullied individuals need to know that their allegations will be taken seriously by ALL members of staff.  

We may help by:

  • Helping to develop empathy with likely victims.

  • Teaching pupils strategies for dealing with incidents of attempted bullying.

  • Recognising the rights and responsibilities of all members of the Everybody Sing Community.

CLASSROOM STRATEGIES

Teachers and other staff members alike will be alert to the possibility of covert/sly bullying in the classroom or studios. Changes in behaviour will be noted as will any deterioration in a student’s classroom/studio performance which may be attributable to bullying.

 

CLASSROOM STRATEGIES WHAT TO DO IF YOU ENCOUNTER BULLYING

  • Remain calm. An emotional response may add to the bully’s enjoyment of the situation and add to his/her sense of control.

  • Take the allegations seriously.

  • Report the incident immediately to a teacher or Zoe Naudo/Kerry Richings

  • The incident should be reported to appropriate staff the next day so that everyone can be on the alert for a repetition or reprisals.

  • It is important to get both the victim and the bully to put their accounts in writing as soon as possible after the alleged incident.

WHAT NOT TO DO IF BULLYING IS ENCOUNTERED

  • DO NOT be over protective. Encourage the “victim” to talk about what has happened and how he/she feels about it.

  • DO NOT assume that the “bully” is bad through and through. Try to look objectively at the behaviour of/with the alleged bully.

  • DO NOT try to hide the incident from the parents of the victim or bully.

 

STRATEGIES FOR DEALING WITH BULLYING

Firstly, any incident will be thoroughly investigated to decide how serious the incident is, i.e. how persistent the behaviour has been, how ‘nasty’, whether it is ‘tit- for-tat’ behaviour that has gone too far etc. The identified ‘bully’ will receive a verbal warning about concerns for his/her behaviour. Any incident will be noted and dated and recorded on the pupil’s record.

Parents of both the bully and victim will be notified as soon as possible.

Counselling may be required for all the parties involved in a serious or long- term form of bullying.

PERSISTENT BULLYING OR INCIDENTS OF AN EXTREMELY VIOLENT NATURE

Following two verbal warnings (noted on the pupil’s record) and at least one written communication to his/her parents, a persistent bully will be dismissed from school.

SUPPORT FOR THE VICTIM

Communication to all staff so that the situation can be monitored in a comprehensive way.

Encourage supportive attitudes from pupils towards those who have been bullied.

One-to-one discussion with the with staff and parents.

WORKING WITH PARENTS/GUARDIANS

A good working partnership between Everybody Sing staff and parents/guardians will be facilitated if parents/guardians would inform the school:

  • If their child reports being bullied.

  • Of any family circumstances e.g. home pressures, separation, bereavement etc that may adversely affect the behaviour of their child.

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