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Bullying and Cyber-Bullying

The information attached is for leadership teams in schools to plan an approach to reduce bullying, as well as information and guidance for how to deal with different types of bullying. At NHA, all pupils sign the anti-bullying charter every year, and the student council ensure the Anti-bullying pledge is up to date and embedded in everything we do. Our academy values of Safety, Kindness, and Respect, chosen by the students, embrace our culture and ethos. Bullying is NEVER tolerated.

Bullying behaviours are unacceptable. Bullying undermines confidence and causes misery and distress. It can affect a child or young person’s attendance and progress at school. It can also have a detrimental impact on a child’s mental health. Fear, isolation, anxiety and diminished self-esteem can lead to self-harm, depression and suicidal thoughts or actions. Research has shown that children who are bullied and/or bully others are more likely to suffer from mental health issues.

The rise of cyberbullying is a frequent cause of emotional disturbance in children and young people. Cyberbullying is insidious; technology enables perpetrators to have the power to reach their targets 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.