Bullying and Harassment Policy

This document outlines policies preventing bullying and harassment at Yankalilla Area School.​

BULLYING and HARASSMENT POLICY

This policy is currently under review.

Yankalilla Area School has a commitment to an effective behaviour code in which bullying and harassment are not acceptable.

This policy aims to ensure that bullying and harassment are not present within our school, enabling teachers to teach and students to learn and interact in a safe, productive and success orientated environment.

All members of the school community are expected to help to provide a secure setting by:

  • Providing students with a safe and supportive learning environment which promotes self-esteem and self-respect and is free from all forms of harassment.
  • Taking all measures to deal with issues of bullying and harassment and child protection.
  • Supporting the schools values of honesty, respect, excellence, responsibility and care.

WHAT IS HARASSMENT?

Bullying and Harassment consist of acts or behaviours directed against individuals or groups. It can be a one off act or repeated over time. Bullying and Harassment are behaviours or actions which are insulting, offensive, demeaning, humiliating or embarrassing.

Bullying and Harassment can be experienced as:

  • Physical
  • Verbal
  • Intellectual
  • Racial
  • Social
  • Psychological
  • Cyber (Computers, Mobile Phones, Instant Messaging, Internet etc)
  • Sexual

Bullying and Harassment Can Cause:

  • Absenteeism/Truancy
  • Sadness
  • Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Anger
  • Frustration
  • Loss of sleep
  • Poor health
  • Depression
  • Lack of confidence
  • Social isolation
  • Lower academic outcomes

STUDENT ACTIONS

Students have the right to be in a safe environment at school. Students do not have to put up with Bullying and Harassment.

WHAT STUDENTS SHOULD DO ABOUT BULLYING AND HARASSMENT:

  • Refuse to be involved in incidents of Bullying and Harassment.
  • If students observe someone being Bullied or Harassed tell a trusted adult.
  • Bystanders should tell the perpetrator to stop.

IF STUDENTS ARE BEING BULLIED OR HARASSED:

  • Try to confidently laugh it off or walk away.
  • Report it to a staff member at school or someone at home.

IF THE BULLYING OR HARASSMENT CONTINUES:

  • Be assertive and confident.
  • Tell the harasser to "STOP".
  • Keep on reporting the harassment / bullying to a staff member at school or someone at home.
  • Ask what action has been taken with the report.
  • Tell a staff member or someone at home.
  • Tell the Year Level Coordinator, Counsellor, Assistant Principal or Principal.

PARENT ACTIONS

PARENTS CAN SUPPORT BY:

Taking all opportunities to develop partnerships with the school and your child's teacher or teachers as well as:

  • Being as involved as possible by having a say about the policies that are developed to manage student behaviour.
  • Accepting and supporting the policies developed by the school community that deal with Bullying and Harassment issues.
  • Developing a clear understanding of the nature of Bullying and Harassment and the effects that it has.
  • Listening to children's concerns and advising class or home group teachers, counsellors or administration staff of Bullying and Harassment.
  • Understanding that sometimes confidentiality could restrict the details of consequences given.

TEACHER ACTIONS

All teachers must act upon Bullying and Harassment issues at Yankalilla Area School.

  • Teachers provide programs to assist students in understanding and dealing with Bullying and Harassment.
  • Teachers do not dismiss reports but must act upon them.
  • Teachers act upon incidents of Bullying and Harassment.
  • Teachers are encouraged to communicate with fellow staff members regarding issues of Bullying and Harassment.
  • Teachers need to use discretion when discussing issues and incidents of Bullying and Harassment.
  • Restorative Justice to be used in some cases of Bullying and Harassment.

BULLYING AND HARASSMENT IN ANY FORM WILL NOT BE TOLERATED AT OUR SCHOOL.

Irrespective of the number of the offence, severe Bullying and Harassment, such as a fight, will lead to a suspension of all participants.