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BOM STATEMENT OF POLICY
Relationship to characteristic spirit of the school
every person, staff member, pupil and parent who is employed or engages with our school is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect
everyone engaged in the life of the school has a responsibility to foster an atmosphere of respect, collaboration, openness, safety and equality, which discourages any type of bullying behaviour
bullying, in any form will not be tolerated
it will be vigilant for signs of bullying
it will be proactive in its assessment of the risk of bullying and in the adoption and review of management policies, practices and measures that aim, in so far as is reasonably practicable, to prevent bullying in our school or any authorised off-site school-related activities.
this policy will be communicated to all employees, pupils and persons other than employee who engage with our school community
it will promote awareness of the policy and complaints procedures
these polices, practices and measures will, when required, be undertaken in consultation with staff, the staff Safety Officer and the wider school community and, where necessary, will be included in the Safety Statement
all complaints or allegations of bullying will be treated with fairness, sensitivity and will respect the confidentiality of all parties involved
a person or persons alleged to have been involved in bullying behaviour will be afforded natural justice and fair procedures
any complaint of bullying which, on investigation, is found to be vexatious, will be dealt with through disciplinary measures decided by the Board and, in the case of employees, will also be guided by the Labour Relations Commission publication: Grievance and Disciplinary Measures
The Board of Management recognises the specific context of the school workplace environment in terms of the range of individuals who are encompassed by this policy. For this reason the policy has been formulated to set out clear guidelines and procedures in relation to bullying for each constituent part of the school body.
PART 1 deals with the application of this policy in the context of EMPLOYEES
PART 2 deals with the issue of bullying by and among PUPILS in the school.
PART 3 deals with how the policy applies to persons OTHER THAN EMPLOYEES such as parents, work experience candidates, volunteers and business contacts. .
All employees will be made aware of the school's Policy on the Prevention and Resolution of Bullying and will receive updated and regular communication on the policy from the BOM. Particular care will be taken to communicate this policy to new employees as part of any formal induction process to familiarise them with their job and their working environment and any rules and regulations that apply. The Policy on the Prevention and Resolution of Bullying will be included in the School Plan, which is distributed to employees as part of the induction process.
A summary of the Bullying Prevention Policy will be prominently displayed on the staff notice board and in areas where members of the public, parents and others attend.
Monitoring and Review
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