IQRA College recognises that a safe school environment requires active, consistent efforts by all staff members to promote awareness of bullying behaviour, reinforcement of pro-social behaviour and encourage reporting of bullying incidents.
Islam explicitly forbids all forms of oppression and injustice. Thus the College strives to promote an environment of mutual support and respect based upon Islamic values and fostering positive relationships among students and staff members. This policy seeks to improve the school environment by addressing the problems of the bullying, the roles of the staff members and ensuring that all the students feel safe and happy in the school. IQRA College recognises the seriousness of bullying behaviour and strives to prevent bullying through a combined effort between teachers, parents and students.
Scope: All staff, parents and students
Educational and Training Reform Act 2006
Educational and Training Reform Regulations 2007
Privacy Act 1988
National Privacy Principles
Child protection policy/ duty of care
National Safe Schools Framework
Student Wellbeing and Management Policy 2014
IQRA School Yard Policy 2017
Better Buddies Framework – The Alannah and Madeline Foundation
Bill Rogers- Behavior Management, a whole school approach 2014
Bullying is a form of oppression. It involves a desire to hurt and hurtful action in addition to a power imbalance and (usually) repetition. Bullying also involves an unjust use of power and evident enjoyment by the aggressor and a sense of being oppressed on the part of the victim. There are a number of different types of bullying behaviour:
Physical: Physical bullying involves fighting, kicking, punching, hitting, shoving, pinching, abusive gestures and moving in close on the target’s personal space.
Verbal: Verbal bullying involves using words in a malicious way to cause distress to another and therefore feels powerful. This includes teasing, swearing, put-downs, spreading lies and rumours, stand-over tactics. Verbal bullying also involves abusive phone calls.
Social: Social bullying involves teasing in front of others, exclusion from groups, embarrassing a person in front of others.
Sexual: Sexual bullying involves obscene drawings and gestures, rude jokes about the target, brushing up against the target, touching the target when the target does not want to be touched and asking him or her questions of a sexual nature to shame and embarrass.
Racial: This can be expressed physically, socially or psychologically when one is labelled negatively as being different from others according to one’s race.
EFFECTS OF BULLYING
Victims of bullying may suffer a number of short- and long-term serious side effects which may include:
- Depression, Anxiety, Low self-esteem, Truancy, Poor academic outcomes
- Difficulty developing close and intimate relationships based on trust
- More likely to parent children who exhibit victim behaviour (Boys who bully at school are more likely to have criminal convictions by the age of 24).