Name of regulation: Anti-Bullying policy
Purpose of regulation: The aim of the anti-bullying policy is to ensure that pupils learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment without fear of being bullied.
Approval for this regulation given by: Directors
Responsibility for its update: Directors
Regulation applies to: Fixation Academy company staff, members and volunteers.
Fixation Academy of Performing Arts (FPA) responsibility:
FPA recognises the utmost importance of a staff, volunteers and member’s physical and emotion wellbeing and therefore has the duty to ensure a safe environment for every member. Fixation Theatre company and staff have a duty and obligation in protecting members from harassment, discrimination and bullying.
FPA promotes the well-being, individual development and has a duty of care for all members who attend. Our aim is for all members to have an enriching time with us and have a great sense of achievement at the end of each session. We want members to feel secure, confident and to grow in self-esteem therefore the prevention of bullying (physical, verbal or emotional) is a central principle.
Bullying is defined as undermining, intimidating or humiliating the person/s.
Bullying prevents members reaching their full potential and therefore bullying is taken seriously at Fixation Theatre. Bullying is not tolerated.
Forms of bullying include:
• Sexual discrimination
• Homophobia- including homophobic language
• Racial discrimination
• Discrimination against race or religion
• Discrimination against disabilities
• Using abusive/threatening language against staff or members
The director has the responsibility to ensure that unfair treatment does not occur in work areas by challenging inappropriate behaviour, responding to and supporting victims of unfair treatment, providing appropriate advice and enforcing the right sanctions so that there is not a repeat of any victimisation.
All staff will ensure they are responsible for their own behaviour. Each staff member has a duty of care and respect for every member of the FPA Team, including colleagues and team members. Any staff member who does not abide to the anti-bullying procedures will be subject to disciplinarily action.
Our Staffs responsibilities are:
1. We protect members and staff in our care from all forms of bullying including violence, threats, teasing, name calling, exclusions, stealing and spreading rumours or malicious gossip.
2. All staff members must enforce the above protection in their conduct, classes and support.
3. Staffs are to encourage members towards a positive self-image and help
4. members to see themselves as company members, therefore supporting positive relationships with their peers and tutors.
5. Staff will always support and offer suitable advice to all members and parents involved in bullying incidents and to provide opportunities for members to discuss bullying with staff.
6. Bullying will be treated seriously and the bully will be sanctioned according to the disciplinary procedures and in serious incidents they will be asked to leave.
7. Staff will listen to the member’s concerns, taking them seriously and acting upon them accordingly.
8. Staff will work with members to make them aware of rules against bullying and encourage a sense of collective responsibility.
9. Staff will take appropriate action if an incident occurs, including mediation, support, parental involvement, sanctions and record keeping.
10. Staff will respect each other and encourage others to respect one another.
11. To support staff members who are victims of harassment/bullying/discrimination.
If we have any concerns that a member in our company is being bullied or is bullying, we will discuss the matter with the member/parent/carer immediately.
The following steps may be taken when dealing with incidents:
• If bullying is suspected or reported, the incident will be dealt with immediately by the member of staff who has been approached.
• A clear account of the incident will be recorded and given to the Director.
• The Director will interview all concerned and will record the incident
• Parents/carers will be informed
• The following disciplinary steps can be taken:
• Official warnings to cease offending
• If it continues the member/s will be asked to leave the company.
Signed: L. Davitt
Date: 2nd September 2020
Date to be reviewed: September 2021