Anti Bullying

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Your Activate Learning College is committed to providing a safe and supportive learning environment in which all learners are treated equally and with respect.

What to do when bullying is reported

Some bullying, for example it is of an overtly sexual nature, could be seen as a criminal offence or a child protection/safeguarding concern when ‘there is reasonable cause to suspect that a… young person/vulnerable adult is suffering, or is likely to suffer, significant harm’. In this case, the concern must be immediately and directly reported to the designated person.

Bullying incidents that do not fall into this category should be dealt with by teaching staff and curriculum management.

Definition of bullying

Bullying is behaviour, usually repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group, physically or emotionally. This can be done by either one person or a group.

Bullying differs from banter when:

  • There is a deliberate intention to hurt or humiliate, or when there is indifference about the impact on the victim
  • There is a power imbalance that makes it harder for the victim to defend themselves
  • It is usually persistent

Occasionally, an incident may be deemed to be bullying even if the behaviour has not been repeated or persistent, if it fulfils all other descriptions of bullying. This possibility should be considered, particularly in cases of sexual, sexist, racist or homophobic bullying and when young people with disabilities are involved. If the victim might be in danger, then intervention is required urgently.

Bullying may take the form of:

  • Harassment
  • Cyber bullying
  • Racist and religious bullying
  • Sexual, sexist and transphobic bullying
  • Disablist bullying
Other forms of bullying include: name calling; taunting; mocking; making offensive comments; kicking; hitting; pushing; taking belongings; inappropriate touching; producing offensive graffiti; spreading hurtful and untruthful rumours; or always leaving someone out of groups. It is also bullying when a young person is pressured to act against their will by others.

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