‘Bullying, especially if left unaddressed, can have a devastating effect on individuals. It can be a barrier to their learning and have serious consequences for their mental health. Bullying which takes place at school does not only affect an individual during childhood but can have a lasting effect on their lives well into adulthood’
By effectively preventing and tackling bullying, schools can help to create safe, disciplined environments where learners are able to learn and fulfil their potential. (DFE, Preventing and tackling bullying. Advice for headteachers, staff and governing bodies, 2017).
The Management Committee and Head Teacher of the Link School are committed to safeguarding the welfare of learners and vulnerable adults. Policies and practices will be robust and contain the necessary measures to enable all staff to fulfil their roles and responsibilities with full regard to this commitment.
The school has a designated Anti-Bullying Coordinator who leads an Anti-Bullying Team. The team includes a cross section of school staff and they have been involved in the development and review of the policy. In September 2018, the school was awarded the Sunderland Young Peoples platinum anti-bullying charter mark. The school is undergoing re-accreditation in the Autumn Term 2021.
The policies and procedures contained in this document apply to everyone who is in contact with learners who come to the Link School. We each have a role to play in ensuring that the learners in our care feel safe. We all share the responsibility to protect our learners and that includes taking the right steps to ensure that their safety is maintained. It is our statutory obligation to follow procedures and these procedures are set down in this document.
(Please also refer to the Peer on Peer Abuse, guidance on the whole school Child Protection Policy and the Remote Learning Policy.
You can read our full Anti-bullying Policy and Procedures by downloading the PDF below:
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