Behaviour Policy

Kids’ Club are committed to working with children, parents and the community to ensure the rights and safety of our children are central to everything we do in order to give them the best start in life.

The purpose of Kids’ Club behaviour policy is to provide a secure framework for the workforce in behaviour and promoting the welfare of those children who attend our settings.

The Behaviour Lead is your assigned Group Leader.

Please see the link to our current behaviour policy, for the full version please speak to the club leader or email us for a full copy.

 

ANTI-BULLYING POLICY





INTRODUCTION

 

‘Striving for excellence…caring for children’

 

The Anti-bullying policy reflects the club mission statement with a view to providing a safe and enriched environment where success is celebrated and the pursuit of excellence is emphasised.

The club aims to foster values of tolerance and mutual respect through promoting the self esteem of all members of the club community.

At Kids’ Club bullying behaviour is contrary to the club ethos.

We recognise that bullying is a concern for all of us, including pupils, teaching, non-teaching staff, parents and governors.



AIMS

 

The aims of this policy are to:

 

  • Prevent or reduce bullying in any form.
  • Adopt a consistent approach to dealing with incidents of bullying.
  • Create an emotionally safe environment where positive relationships can develop.
  • Ensure that all pupils, parents and staff are aware of this policy and their roles and responsibilities in contributing to its success.




PRINCIPLES

 

  • Pupils have a right to learn in a safe and supportive environment, free from intimidation and fear.

 

  • The welfare/well-being needs of all children and young people are paramount and pupils’ needs (whether bully or targeted pupil) need to be separated from their behaviour.

 

  • When bullying concerns are identified our club will work in a restorative and solution focused way to achieve the necessary change.

 

  • Pupils who are targeted will be listened to and supported.

 

  • Pupils who engage in bullying behaviour will be listened to and encouraged to accept responsibility and change their behaviour.

 

  • Staff will receive awareness-raising training regarding bullying prevention including effective, appropriate strategies for intervention.

 

  • Where a concern arises, staff will receive ongoing support from Senior Managers with Pastoral responsibility.

 

  • Parents will be made aware of our club’s practice to prevent and to respond to concerns through parent information emails, phone calls and face to face with the club leader to resolve concerns involving their child. 







FORMS OF BULLYING

 

Bullying can take many different forms and is behaviour that intentionally and persistently causes distress to others.

PHYSICAL BULLYING


e.g. hitting; pushing; kicking; tripping; spitting; hair pulling; throwing things; interfering with another’s property by stealing / hiding / damaging / intruding upon it;

– extortion / threatening demands for money or other items

– writing or drawing offensive notes / graffiti about another

VERBAL BULLYING


e.g. name calling; insulting or offensive remarks; accusing; taunting; put downs

– ridiculing another’s appearance/way of speaking/disability/personal mannerisms/race/colour/religion;

– humiliating another publicly

– spreading malicious or nasty rumours; threatening; intimidation; mocking; sarcasm

EMOTIONAL BULLYING


e.g. excluding/shunning others from group activity/social setting or play;

– belittling another’s abilities or achievements;

– menacing looks/stares; 

– rude signs or gestures

CYBER BULLYING


e.g. misuse of e-mails, images, text, blogs, tweets, forums and chat rooms to hurt /embarrass /demean /harass /provoke or humiliate another using perceived anonymity

– misuse of mobile phones by text messaging /calls or images – again to hurt /embarrass /demean /harass /provoke or humiliate another using perceived anonymity

– unauthorised publication or manipulation of private information; impersonation



These categories may be inter-related

 

Signs of stress in pupils which may indicate Bullying

 

  • Child’s unwillingness to attend club / lateness /erratic attendance.
  • Avoidance, hanging back from playground or staying late at club.
  • Deterioration of work or mislaid books, money, equipment or belongings / under achievement.
  • Spurious illness / non specific pains, headaches, tummy upsets, withdrawn, loss of appetite.
  • Nail biting / flinching / jumpiness / forgetfulness / distractibility.
  • Impulsive hitting out / out of character temper, flare up or restlessness / sudden aggressiveness.
  • Stresses manifested at home – bed wetting / insomnia / nightmares / restlessness and irritability.
  • Reluctance to sit beside or near certain pupils / hesitant to walk home.

(N.B. whilst these behaviours may be symptomatic of other problems – bullying may be one reason)

 

STRATEGIES TO PREVENT OR REDUCE BULLYING

 

Kids’ Club has established and will maintain the following strategies to prevent and reduce bullying behaviour:

 

Proactive Strategies to ensure awareness is raised.



Reactive Strategies

The following steps will be taken when dealing with incidents:

 

  • Formulation (involving all stakeholders) and communication of club wide rules concerning Positive Behaviour expectations (eg classroom rules, school rules, incentives, pupil awards)
  • School wide supervision and effective, consistent behaviour management by school staff
  • Allow the school to intervene and take action according to their steps





PROCEDURES FOR DEALING WITH BULLYING

 

When dealing with bullying behaviour the club will aim to:

  1. Stop the bullying behaviour.
  2. Protect and support the bullied pupil.
  3. Change the attitude and behaviour of the bully.

Every child can make mistakes and can behave in ways that are hurtful to others. In most cases a quiet word and an explanation of how others feel is sufficient to make a difference. Children can and do learn over time how to care for themselves and for others. We believe that learning from mistakes and being genuinely sorry for them is part of growing up to be a socially well adjusted person. We believe much can be achieved by talking with the perpetrator and the victim to achieve a resolution and reconciliation. In some cases, however, talking things through will not make enough of a difference and in these cases we reserve the right to apply a range of sanctions.

In Kids’ Club if any type of bullying is highlighted, the following strategies will be implemented by staff in two stages;

STAGE 1

All staff will:

  • Listen to concerns when reported.
  • Identify those involved in the bullying incident.
  • Give each pupil the opportunity to talk. The discussion will focus on finding a solution and stopping the bullying from recurring.
  • Staff will remain neutral and avoid direct, closed questions.
  • The pupils are helped to find their own solution to their personal disagreement and discuss how their proposals will be put into action.
  • Other appropriate members of staff will be informed i.e. class teacher, non-teaching staff, head of Key Stage, Deputy-Hear, Headteacher. Incidents will be recorded as appropriate.
  • A follow-up discussion is useful to find out whether the solution has been effective or not.

STAGE 2

If the problem is not resolved staff will:

  1. Continue to monitor the situation and follow procedures as agreed
  2. Record details as appropriate 
  3. Speak to parents and school directly if necessary at any stage of the procedures, depending on the seriousness of the bullying.
  4. Remove the bully from the club after they have been given warning.

INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITIES 

All members of the club community have a key role in promoting, implementing and supporting the Anti-Bullying policy of Kids’ Club. It is important that there is a collaborative whole club approach to address any difficulties which may be encountered. Everyone should work together to create a safe, happy and anti-bullying environment.




Staff should:

  • Provide a safe, secure and caring environment.
  • Promote and sustain good behaviour.
  • Listen to all reports of bullying.
  • Address each situation in line with procedures.
  • Work collaboratively with all relevant members of the club community, developing positive partnerships with school and parents.

 

Pupils should:

  • Report all incidents of bullying (if a child is being bullied or is another pupil is being bullied – TELL SOMEONE)
  • Follow the club’s code of conduct.
  • Avoid inappropriate behaviour which might be considered as bullying.
  • Be respectful and supportive to others.

 

Parents should:

  • Work in partnership with the club.
  • Advise their children to report any concerns to a member of staff.
  • Discourage behaviours which might be considered as bullying.
  • Stress to their children that retaliation is not helpful.
  • Contact the Kids’ Club to arrange a call with the child’s club teacher to discuss concerns.
  • Co-operating with the club, if their child/children are accused of bullying, try to ascertain the truth and point out the implications of bullying, both for the children who are bullied and for the bullies themselves.
  • Accept their role in dealing with bullying behaviours which occur outside the club so that they do not interfere with effective learning and teaching during the club.



RACE EQUALITY AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

 

All children have equal access to the curriculum regardless of their race, gender, disability or ability. Teachers plan work that is differentiated so that all groups and individuals can achieve their potential and are committed to creating a positive climate that will enable everyone to work free from racial intimidation and harassment.

 

MONITORING AND EVALUATION

 

It is important to remember that staff, pupils and parents all have an active part to play and have a responsibility to ensure an effective implementation and maintenance of this policy.