Statement of intent
At BlueShift we are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe learning environment for all of our camp attendees - both emotionally and physically. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our camps. Everybody has the right to be treated with respect. If bullying does occur, incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively and the perpetrators dealt with appropriately. BlueShift is committed to providing a learning environment that listens to its children and the camp community as a whole. We encourage all children to feel able to report any cases of bullying to a member of staff.
At all BlueShift camps:
- Bullying will not be tolerated and we take bullying seriously.
- Campers and parents/carers should be assured that they will be supported when bullying is reported.
- We will ensure that all teaching and non-teaching staff, campers and parents/carers have an understanding of what bullying is and are informed about this policy.
- We will ensure that all teaching and non-teaching staff know what procedures to follow should an incident of bullying be reported/observed.
What is bullying?
Has the behaviour repeatedly intended to hurt, harass, exclude or single out another person by causing emotional or physical pain and distress to the victim?
Bullying falls into the following types and is communicated to others in many ways. These include:
- Emotional: being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. threatening gestures)
- Physical: pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence
- Racist: racial taunts, graffiti, gestures, aggressive behaviour
- Sexual: unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments
- Homophobic: focussing on the issue of sexuality, stereotyping or gender assumptions
- Verbal and written: name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing
- Cyber: internet, such as email and internet chat room misuse, mobile threats by text messaging and calls and misuse of associated technology i.e. camera & video facilities
Signs and Symptoms
A child may indicate by signs or behaviour that he or she is being bullied. Adults should be aware of these possible signs and understand that they should investigate if a child:
- is unwilling to attend camp courses or come to camp at all
- becomes withdrawn, anxious, or lacking in confidence
- starts stammering
- attempts to run away
- cries him/herself to sleep at night or has nightmares
- feels ill in the morning / wets the bed
- begins to do poorly in school work
- comes home with clothes torn or otherwise damaged
- has possessions which are damaged or "go missing"
- has unexplained cuts or bruises
- comes home starving (lunch has been stolen)
- becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable
- is bullying other children or siblings
- stops eating
- is frightened to say what's wrong
- gives improbable excuses for any of the above
- is frightened of walking to or from camp
- changes his/her usual routine
These signs and behaviours could indicate other problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility and should be investigated by staff, together with parents/carers.
In combination with the Behaviour and Discipline Policy, we will prevent bullying by implementing and upholding the BlueShift rules.