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Bullying


Our school is one in which we want students to flourish both academically and socially. We aim to foster a healthy and safe community where individuals take responsibility for their own behaviour and show respect for others, emphasising the importance of positive relationships amongst all members of our school community.


Our school’s commitment is that when a student or parent/carer speaks out about bullying:  

  • they will be listened to  
  • their concerns will be taken seriously  
  • the matters will be investigated  
  • together we will find a way to tackle it  
  • someone will be there to help and support them. 

  
What is bullying? 


Bullying is behaviour by an individual or group, repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally. 


Bullying can take many forms (for instance, cyber-bullying via social media or the internet). Bullying is often motivated by prejudice against particular groups. Examples are bullying on grounds of race, religion, belief, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or disability, or because you are in care, have caring responsibilities or mental health issues. Bullying might be motivated by actual differences, perceived differences or because of association with someone else. 


Bullying is not one-off acts of aggression or nastiness, such behaviours if repeated, however, may be viewed as bullying. 


How do I know if my child is being bullied? 

Any unexplained change in mood or behaviour could be because of bullying or other issues at school. If this happens, try to find out what is wrong and support your child if there are any problems. You may want to contact the school to see if they are aware of any problems.

 

How do I report bullying concerns? 


If Parents/Carers are concerned that their child is being bullied they should contact the school via their Form Tutor, Pastoral Manager or Head of Year. 


Bullying is a safeguarding concern and If students feel unsafe in school or outside of school they must tell us. At Dorothy Stringer School we are committed to the safety and happiness of every student. Students must let us know if they are: 


  • Being bullied 
  • Feeling upset or unsafe 
  • Worried about a friend or a family member 
  • Witnessed or have been a victim of harmful sexual behaviours 

Students can speak to any member of staff they feel comfortable with and they will talk to the safeguarding team who will help. Students can report concerns anonymously through their SLG homepage using the ‘Are you worried?’ linkwhich is in the quick link section. 


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There is some great advice about keeping yourself safe in the safer schools app which has been launched to our whole school community.  Welcome - Safer Schools (oursaferschools.co.uk)


App Download Instructions - Safer Schools download instructions.pdf (dorothy-stringer.co.uk)

Acess Codes: Safe Schools Access Codes.pdf


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