The Cambridge Universities' Holiday Playscheme (CUHP) is committed to providing an environment for children that is safe, welcoming and free from bullying (the persistent behaviour by any individual or group which intimidates/threatens or has a harmful or distressing impact on another individual or group). Bullying can be: Emotional, Physical, Racist, Verbal, Psychological, Sexual or Cyber (e.g. text messages). Bullying of any form is unacceptable at CUHP.
- Being deliberately unkind, shunning or excluding another person from a group or tormenting them. For example, forcing another person to be ‘left out’ of a game or activity, passing notes about others or making fun of another person.
- Pushing, scratching, spitting, kicking, hitting, biting, taking or damaging belongings, tripping up, punching or using any other sort of violence against another person.
- Name-calling, put-downs, ridiculing or using words to attack, threaten or insult. For example, spreading rumours or making fun of another person's appearance.
- Behaviour likely to instil a sense of fear or anxiety in another person.
CUHP recognises that legitimate Play-behaviour may include many of these facets, but when one or more parties becomes targeted on a frequent and recurrent basis the experience of those affected can be extremely negative. Despite all efforts to prevent it, bullying behaviour may occur on rare occasions and CUHP will respond to all incidents thoroughly and sensitively.
- Playworkers will inform their Site Co-ordinator if they witness an incident of bullying at CUHP.
- Children will be encouraged to report any incidents of alleged bullying immediately and will be reassured that what they say will be taken seriously and handled sensitively.
- If a child or Playworker tells someone they are being bullied, they will be given the time to explain what has happened and reassured that they were right to tell.
- The Site Co-ordinator will always ask the alleged bully to explain their side and take into account their response when deciding whether bullying has occurred.
- If it is decided that bullying behaviour has occurred then in most cases, the behaviour can be addressed by using the strategies in CUHP's Behaviour Management' Policy. The alleged bully will be encouraged to discuss their behaviour and think through the consequences of their actions. Where appropriate, they will be encouraged to talk through the incident with the other person/people involved.
- CUHP will inform the parent of all children involved in the alleged bullying incidents at the earliest opportunity.
- All children involved in any bullying incident will be offered support. CUHP may contact the Childcare and Playwork Advisor to enquire about local support groups. These will be passed onto the children and their parents will be informed of this action.
- Where bullying behaviour persists, the alleged bully's parents will receive a written warning that the child must stop this behaviour.
- If bullying continues the alleged bully's parents will receive a final written warning that suspension or exclusion will occur from all CUHP sites if the behaviour does not stop.
- As a final option, if bullying still continues the alleged bully will be excluded from attending the Playscheme for a set period of time as decided by the Playscheme Co-ordinator.
- After the incident has been dealt with Playworkers will monitor the children involved to ensure further problems do not occur.
- If the child who has been bullied or the alleged bully or their parents have any issues concerning the way the incident had been dealt with they should contact the Playscheme Co-ordinator immediately.
Policy reviewed on 14 December 2011