(a) Policy Statement:

Blackpool School of Drama acknowledges that bullying behaviour is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

We endeavour to ensure that a secure environment is provided for every young person who wishes to participate in the performing arts.

Blackpool School of Drama acknowledges that bullying can take place and may need to be addressed amongst any combination of persons that are present at Blackpool School of Drama, regardless of their role: participant, volunteer or staff member.

Blackpool School of Drama antibullying Policy should be clearly displayed in its premises with a contact name and number for confidential support.

(b) Definition of Bullying:

Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person. Bullying results in pain and distress to the victim. Bullying can be:

Emotional: Being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding possessions, using threatening gestures).

Physical: Pushing, hitting, kicking or any use of violence. Racist racial taunts, graffiti, gestures

Sexual: Unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments

Homophobic: Because of, or focusing on the issue of sexuality.

Religious: Because of or focusing on the issue of faith.

Verbal: Name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours.

Cyber: All areas of internet, such as e-mail and internet chat room misuse mobile phone threats by text
messaging and calls misuse of associated technology, i.e. camera and video facilities

(c) Implementation:

The Director oversees the implementation and review of the Anti-bullying Policy.

The Director is used as a forum to discuss the problem of bullying and to agree systems to tackle unacceptable behaviour with young people.

All staff and volunteers will be informed of what to do when an incident of bullying is reported.

(d) Procedures:

Incidents should be reported to the youth leader and the club director

Incidents will be recorded by all personal

In serious cases, parents should be informed and will be asked to visit to discuss the problem.

If necessary and appropriate, police will be consulted. The bullying behaviour or threats of bullying must be investigated, and the bullying stopped quickly

An attempt will be made to help the bully (bullies) change their behaviour

(e) Outcomes:

The bully (bullies) may be asked to genuinely apologise and other consequences may take place.

In very serious cases, suspension or exclusion could be considered If possible, the participants will be reconciled

(f) Monitoring and Record Keeping:

After the incident(s) have been investigated and dealt with, each case will be monitored in striving to ensure repeated bullying does not take place

(g) Evaluation:

Records of incidents are kept and used to inform future practice. Spot checks and occasional surveys are also used. Evaluation and review will ensure that the Blackpool School of Drama remains responsible to changing needs whilst striving to protect young people from bullying.

(h) What We Attend To Achieve:

The vigilance and responsiveness of staff and volunteers to bullying behaviour.

Acknowledgment by young people that bullying will be tackled.

Raised awareness about bullying and the forms it can take.

A greater proportion of young people informing an adult if they are being bullied.

The involvement of staff, volunteers, parents and young people in implementing the Anti-bullying Policy.