Anti Intimidation

Anti Intimidation

  • Our aim is to eliminate intimidation at Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy  in all respects and through all mediums which seek to isolate or exclude
  • Our vision is to create a safe, secure and stimulating learning environment for all students
  • Our belief is that all students should be entitled to an education free from fear, intimidation and harassment
  • Our procedures in the academy  aim to deal with intimidation swiftly, effectively and consistently with appropriate sanctions and re-tracking being applied
  • Our approach is to be proactive and preventative through planned and reviewed PSHE inputs
  • Our commitment is to prevent and reduce intimidation in all aspects and through all mediums

WHAT IS INTIMIDATION?

There are 4 main forms of intimidation:

Physical - hitting, kicking, holding, taking belongings

Verbal - name-calling, teasing, insulting, ridiculing appearance, sexual preference, culture, race and through mental ability

Emotional - being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting, spreading rumours, gossip, hearsay.

Cyber - using technology like mobile phones or  the internet to send or post verbal or emotive messages

It should be recognised that all these things affect people in different ways and that each individual will react differently

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF INTIMIDATION?

Parents/carers, students and staff should watch out for distress signs:

  • Not wanting to attend college - absence
  • Avoiding particular lessons, days, registrations or activities
  • Taking long or different routes to and from college, avoiding certain places
  • Arriving late for college
  • Avoiding friends and other students
  • Developing mystery illnesses – pains, headaches
  • Having unexplained cuts and bruises
  • Asking for extra money without a clear reason
  • Personality changes – sudden outbursts, being withdrawn
  • Dressing differently
  • Truanting.
  • Using inappropriate language

 

WHAT CAN THE VICTIMS OF INTIMIDATION DO?

Coping Strategies:

  • Talk to someone – a friend, teacher, Learning Mentor, Education Support Assistant, DRA or Student Liaison Officer
  • Tell friends or adults you can trust
  • Stay with others if you feel intimidated
  • Avoid places where intimidation is likely
  • Walk away from trouble if possible
  • Avoid reacting
  • Practice assertive behaviour and keep safe
  • Send a note to your Head of Year or Division, or put a note in the Help Box if you wish to pass on information unnoticed.

WHAT CAN WE DO TO STOP INTIMIDATION?

Improvement Measures – Staff:

  • Be vigilant for signs of intimidation and behaviours of students
  • We promote a happy and safe environment
  • We are watchful
  • We apply disciplinary sanctions which are constant across the college and settings
  • We include the subject of intimidation in tutorial work, in assembly, PSHEE and Citizenship
  • We encourage a ‘Telling Academy’, in an atmosphere of confidentiality
  • We encourage the ‘student voice’ agenda to encourage feedback and consultation
  • We listen to students and parents/carers
  • We do not tolerate comments or behaviour relating to race, physical or mental state gender or homophobic references and consistently in all forms
  • We deal severely with cyber-bullying and report it directly to the Police
  • We deal with all cases of intimidation effectively and in confidence and ensure feedback is given regarding the incident
  • We link anti-intimidation/bullying in all its forms to our wider Behaviour Management Policy
  • We regularly examine facts, collect information and have a clear and consistent procedure for reporting and dealing with incidents as well as reporting intimidation to a calendared LT Meeting
  • We pass on regular reminders to all Year Groups (Year 7 Induction and all Year Groups via Anti-intimidation/Bullying Week promotion)
  • We support Anti-intimidation/Bullying Week
  • We help and support victims and the intimidator – both need to learn new behaviour
  • We inform parents/carers of incidents involving their children, whether as the victim or intimidator
  • We monitor incidents and behaviour patterns closely and keep records which inform decision making and resolving
  • We work with local agencies to reduce anti-intimidation, Safer Schools Partnership Officer, Community Police and targeted Youth Support
  • We are prepared to exclude persistent offenders, permanently if necessary
  • We deal severely with homophobic intimidation/bullying and report it directly to other agencies, including the Police
  • We support the Local Authority’s Anti-bullying Charter.

Improvement Measures – Students:

  • Don’t tolerate intimidation of any kind – a key message that is reinforced through PSHE, Student Guidance,, posters etc
  • Report incidents of intimidation – it is your duty to do this
  • Don’t get involved in cyber-bullying/intimidation
  • Support your friends if they are upset or unhappy
  • Listen carefully to your friends
  • Don’t make homophobic or racist gesture or comments of any kind
  • Don’t stand by and watch intimidation taking place – report to an adult as soon as possible
  • Act responsibly – be a good citizen of the academy
  • Don’t gossip about incidents
  • Don’t get involved in racist comments or homophobic comments by agreeing with or supporting

Improvement Measures – Parents/Carers:

  • Talk to your son/daughter sympathetically
  • Listen and try to search out facts calmly
  • Find out all the details and record them
  • Contact the Year or Division Head or Tutor as soon as you can to discuss the problem via email or phoning the academy
  • Reassure your youngster that the problem will be dealt with
  • Talk about and practice assertive behaviour, see advice if necessary on the strategies that can be used/developed
  • Encourage tolerance of a range of sexual orientations
  • Appreciate the diversity of cultures/races

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