Valley Mill Camp’s Anti-Bullying Policy
Valley Mill Camp is completely opposed to bullying and will not tolerate it. It is entirely contrary to the values and principles we work and live by. All members of the camp community have a right to work and play in a secure and caring environment without intimidation or fear. They also have a responsibility to contribute, in whatever way they can, to the protection and maintenance of such an environment.
WHAT IS BULLYING?
- Physical violence such as hitting, pushing or spitting at another camper.
- Interfering with another camper’s property, by stealing, hiding or damaging it.
- Using offensive names when addressing another camper.
- Teasing or spreading rumours about another camper or his/her family.
- Belittling another camper’s abilities and achievements.
- Writing offensive notes or graffiti about another camper.
- Excluding another camper from a group activity.
- Ridiculing another camper’s appearance, way of speaking or personal mannerisms.
- Misusing technology (internet or mobiles) to hurt or humiliate another person.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF ALL STAFF
- Foster in our campers self-esteem, self-respect and respect for others
- Demonstrate by example the high standards of personal and social behaviour we expect of our campers.
- Discuss bullying with all groups, so that every camper learns about the damage it causes to both the child who is bullied and to the bully.
- Be alert to signs of distress and other possible indications of bullying.
- Listen to children who have been bullied, take what they say seriously and support and protect them.
- Report suspected cases of bullying to a Camp Director
- Follow up any complaint by a parent about bullying, and report back promptly and fully on the action which has been taken.
- Deal with observed instances of bullying promptly and effectively, in accordance with agreed procedures.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF ALL CAMPERS
- Refrain from becoming involved in any kind of bullying, even at the risk of incurring temporary unpopularity.
- Intervene to protect the camper who is being bullied, unless it is unsafe to do so.
- Report to a member of staff any witnessed or suspected instances of bullying, to dispel any climate of secrecy and help to prevent further instances.
- Not suffer in silence, but have the courage to speak out, to put an end to their own suffering and that of other potential targets.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF ALL PARENTS
- Watching for signs of distress or unusual behaviour in their children, which might be evidence of bullying.
- Advising their children to report any bullying to a Camp Director
- Advising their children not to retaliate violently to any forms of bullying.
- Being sympathetic and supportive towards their children, and reassuring them that appropriate action will be taken.