The Association of Ringing Teachers (ART) includes this Anti-Bullying Code of Conduct as part of our safeguarding policy and procedures.
The Association of Ringing Teachers:
Following this guidance is not compulsory. You are free to take other action. But if you do follow the guidance you will normally be doing enough to comply with the law. ART Members are expected to follow this guidance. Relevant enforcing authorities will seek to secure compliance with the law and may refer to this guidance as illustrating.
Code of Practice
Each teacher will:
Children with a disability, from ethnic minorities, young people who are gay or lesbian, or those with learning difficulties are more vulnerable to this form of abuse and are more likely to be targeted.
Support to the child
Children should know who will listen to and support them. Be available to listen to children wishing to talk about bullying or any other issue that affects them. Potential barriers to talking (including those associated with a child’s disability or impairment) need to be identified and addressed at the outset to enable children to approach adults for help.
Anyone who reports an incident of bullying will be listened to carefully and be supported. Any reported incident of bullying will be investigated objectively and will involve listening carefully to all those involved.
Those who bully will be supported and encouraged to stop bullying. Sanctions for those bullying others that involve long periods of isolation, or which diminish and make individuals look or feel foolish in front of others, will be avoided.
Support to the parents/guardians
Parents/guardians may have access to organisation’s bullying policy and practice and information and advice on coping with bullying will be made available. Any incident of bullying will be discussed with the child’s parent(s)/guardians and parents will be consulted on action to be taken (for both victim and bully) and agreements made as to what action should be taken.
Support should be offered to the parent(s) including information on other agencies or support lines.
Last Modified: September 2014
Last Reviewed: January 2017