Amberley O.S.H.C.

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2.8 Anti-Bullying

As part of Amberley OSHC’s behaviour management policy, specific details in regard to Amberley OSHC’s approach to issues of bullying are described in the anti-bullying policy. Amberley OSHC has a Duty of Care to all children who attend and staff who work within Amberley OSHC.

Amberley OSHC is committed to providing a safe and caring environment, which fosters respect for others.  This service will not tolerate bullying behaviours.  We are committed to providing a supportive program for all stakeholders including targets, bullies and witnesses.

Relevant Laws and other Provisions

The laws and other provisions affecting this policy include:

  • Education and Care Services National Law Act, 2010 and Regulations 2011
  • Duty of Care
  • Child Protection Act 1999 and Child Protection Regulations 2000
  • Family and Child Commission Act 2014
  • NQS Area: 1.1.5, 1.1.6; 2.1.1; 2.3.1, 2.3.2, 2.3.4; 4.2.1; 5.1.3, 5.2; 6.1.1, 6.1.3; 6.2.1, 6.2.2; 6.3.2, 7.1.2; 7.3.1, 7.3.2, 7.3.4, 7.3.5.
  • Policies: 2.1 – Respect for Children, 2.6 – Behaviour Support and Management, 3.10 – Observational Recording, 9.3 – Communication with Families, 9.5 – Complaints Handling.

 

Procedures

Amberley O.S.H.C. Educators will:

  • Model caring and tolerant behaviour towards children, parents and other staff members;
  • Manage all observed or reported incidences of bullying as set out in this policy under “Responding to a Bullying Incident”;
  • Carefully monitor children’s behaviour while participating in any of Amberley OSHC’s programs or activities;
  • Encourage children to report any incidents of bullying that they are either involved in or witness;
  • Protect the target from further harm;
  • Assist the bully to change his/her behaviour; and
  • Keep a record of bullying behaviour by completing a service incident report.

Children will be encouraged to:

  • Report any incidents of bullying that they are either involved in or witness.
  • Help someone who is being bullied.
  • Do everything they can to keep the play safe and happy.
  • Use the strategies that they have been encouraged to use to deal with a bullying incident.

Parents will be encouraged to:

  • Encourage their child to report if they are bullied;
  • Watch for signs of bullying and speak to Amberley OSHC educators if their child is being bullied or they suspect bullying;
  • Work with the OSHC in seeking a permanent solution;
  • Model caring and tolerant behaviour when interacting with children, educators or other parents; and
  • Promote strategies that enable their child to feel empowered and confident if they have to deal with a bullying incident.

Responding to a Bullying Incident

Amberley OSHC is committed to implementing positive and permanent solutions to bullying.  Educators, children and parents will work together to stop all bullying as part of the ‘no tolerance’ approach.  The following steps will be followed.

In the event that an Educator needs to respond to an observed or immediately reported incident (either by witness, victim or third party), while such incident may still be occurring, the following procedure will be implemented:

Step one:      Reported incident of bullying (either by witness, victim or third party e.g. parent)

Step two:      Incident recorded and appropriate response sought.

Step three:  Educator will intervene and discuss with the children involved and witnesses.  Mediation may be conducted between children with the aim to find an appropriate solution to the problem.  Children are encouraged to use conflict resolution strategies.  A back-up plan is considered in the event that the first solution proves unsuccessful.

Step four:    Agreed solution implemented.  Back up plan implemented if necessary.

Step five:      Report of repeat occurrence of incident (either by witness, victim or third party.)

Step six:        Interview with Nominated/Certified Supervisor.  Parent’s notified.  Appropriate report on incident and management details completed. Appropriate consequences for incident discussed and implemented.

Step seven:  Monitoring of implementation of consequences.

Step eight:   Further offences may result in suspension from Amberley OSHC followed by intervention/mediation involving school principal.  Re-entry may require agreed behaviour contract.

Reviewed 9 February 2015, Updated 12 May 2015


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