Child Protection at Stageskool

u003cpu003eStageskool provides a safe and secure environment for its students. The Stageskool Child Protection Policy is available to parents and staff at our schools.u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eStageskool requires its Principal, Deputy Principals, teachers and assistants to apply for enhanced clearance via the DBS – Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) and its structure is often used as an example of Best Practice when Child Protection issues are discussed.u003cstrongu003e u003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eStaff are required to complete regular courses in child protection, through our head of safeguarding.u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eRegular risk assessments and First Aid training are carried out.u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eStageskool holds a full public liability insurance.u003c/pu003en

Anti-bullying Policy

u003cpu003eu003cstrongu003e​u003c/strongu003eStageskool takes bullying very seriously, and all children and parents should be assured that known incidents of bullying will be responded to. All staff actively encourage our classes to be an open and friendly environment in which the young people involved feel safe and valued. Stageskool will not accept behaviour from students that undermines this principle.u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eObjectives of this Policyu003c/pu003enu003culu003enu003cliu003eAll teachers and non-teaching staff, students and parents to have an understanding of what bullying is.u003c/liu003enu003cliu003eAll teachers and non-teaching staff to know what the school policy is on bullying and follow it when bullying is reported.u003c/liu003enu003cliu003eAll students and parents to know what the school policy is on bullying, and what they should do if bullying arises.u003c/liu003enu003c/ulu003enu003cpu003eu003cstrongu003eWhat Is Bullying?u003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eWhilst there is no legal definition of bullying, it is usually defined as repeated behaviour which is intended to hurt someone either emotionally or physically, and can sometimes be aimed at certain people because of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation or any other aspect such as appearance or disability. This can be over a short period of time, or sometimes over longer periods.u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003cstrongu003eBullying can take many forms including:u003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003enu003culu003enu003cliu003ephysical assaultu003c/liu003enu003cliu003eteasingu003c/liu003enu003cliu003emaking threatsu003c/liu003enu003cliu003ename callingu003c/liu003enu003cliu003epeople calling you namesu003c/liu003enu003cliu003emaking things up to get you into troubleu003c/liu003enu003cliu003ehitting, pinching, biting, pushing and shovingu003c/liu003enu003cliu003etaking things away from youu003c/liu003enu003cliu003edamaging your belongingsu003c/liu003enu003cliu003estealing your moneyu003c/liu003enu003cliu003etaking your friends away from youu003c/liu003enu003cliu003ethreats and intimidationu003c/liu003enu003cliu003esending you offensive or upsetting textsu003c/liu003enu003c/ulu003enu003cpu003eu003cstrongu003eWhy is it important to respond to bullying?u003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eStageskool wants all children that are part of our community to feel safe, happy and valued. Bullying makes these feelings harder to achieve. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying, and everybody has the right to be treated with respect. Students who are also bullying need to be supported to make better decisions with their actions and words. Bullying occurs for a number of reasons and it’s important to highlight this to reduce the risk of the behaviour continuing.u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003cstrongu003eSigns and symptoms of bullying for teachers and parents.u003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eA change in student’s behaviour may suggest that they are being bullied. Adults should be aware of these possible signs and that they should investigate if a child:u003c/pu003enu003culu003enu003cliu003echanges their usual routineu003c/liu003enu003cliu003eis unwilling to do things they would usually dou003c/liu003enu003cliu003estops attending or wanting to attend classu003c/liu003enu003cliu003ebecomes withdrawn anxious, or lacking in confidenceu003c/liu003enu003cliu003eseems low in moodu003c/liu003enu003cliu003espends free time in class on their ownu003c/liu003enu003cliu003ecries themselves to sleep at night or has nightmaresu003c/liu003enu003cliu003econtinual complaints of feeling ill in the morningu003c/liu003enu003cliu003ebegins to make less effort then previouslyu003c/liu003enu003cliu003ehas possessions which are damaged or u0022go missingu0022u003c/liu003enu003cliu003ehas unexplained cuts or bruisesu003c/liu003enu003cliu003ebecomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonableu003c/liu003enu003cliu003eis bullying other children or siblingsu003c/liu003enu003cliu003ehas changes in appetiteu003c/liu003enu003cliu003eis frightened to say what’s wrongu003c/liu003enu003c/ulu003enu003cpu003eThese signs and behaviours could indicate other social, emotional and/or mental health problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility, be investigated and the young person offered support.u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003cstrongu003eOutcomesu003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eAll known/reported incidences of bullying will be investigated by the class teachers or by the Principal. Parents of the student who is showing bullying behaviour will be spoken to about the incident and about any concerns that they may be having. We request that the parents support Stageskool with resolving the situation. The child displaying the bullying behaviour will be asked to apologise. Wherever possible, the students will be reconciled. The student is given an opportunity, if they wish, to meet with the bully face to face in a safe and supervised setting and talk through the impact that the bullying has had, or is having, on them. This is a good opportunity for both parties to gain an understanding of how their behaviour affects others.u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eIn serious cases where a student shows no change in behaviour and an unwillingness to alter their behaviour or choices, Stageskool will have no alternative but to remove the student from Stageskool’s Registry.u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eWhen an incident of bullying has taken place, teachers and managers will inform the Principal of any incidents or concerns they have about students in their class.u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003cstrongu003ePreventionu003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eAt Stageskool, we use a variety of methods to support children in preventing and understanding the consequences of bullying; including promoting teamwork, fair play and a supportive network within the student’s peer groups. Stageskool teachers actively encourage children to have respect for each other. Our ethos has always been to guide and encourage our students, allowing them to express and develop their personality, skills and confidence within a great atmosphere, as this is something we always strive to achieve. Kind and polite behaviour is regularly acknowledged and encouraged. Staff will reinforce expectations of behaviour as a regular theme in line with what they are learning in class. Teachers and Chaperones are vigilant regarding groups of friends together. Friendship groups are important for young people’s social development, and whilst friendship is encouraged, they must also be supported towards welcoming others to join them, and not excluding others from their group. Staff reinforce a general message that children do not have to be best friends with everyone else, but they must be respectful of everyone else’s feelings and be kind to each other. Older students are involved with the prevention of bullying and are encouraged to take on a supportive role to look out for the younger students and to set an example of how to behave both in class and with their peers. Students are also encouraged to have an open dialogue with teachers as this leads to an increased likelihood of a young person talking to a tutor with any concerns they may have.u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu0026nbsp;u003c/pu003en