It is the responsibility of everyone at Bardsey Primary Academy to make sure that all children are as happy, healthy and as safe as possible. Safeguarding covers all aspects of Keeping Children Safe In Education, and is supported by our policies and safe practices in child protection, attendance, behaviour, the curriculum, online safety, health and safety, and complaints/concerns.

All staff receive regular child protection training, lead by one of our designated child protection officers, and we have a designated governor for safeguarding.

We aim to work closely with families to quickly address any concerns that they or the school have about a child. We all know that children do better and reach their full potential when school and families work closely together.

If you are worried that a child is at risk or is being abused, please report it immediately to one of our safeguarding leads:

Mrs G Paraskos, Mr G Parry, Mrs D Hedley, Miss C Roylance

Please see the policies page of our website for our key polices related to safeguarding and child protection.

Smart – Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.

Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.

Accepting emails, messages, or opening files, images or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!

Reliable: Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the Internet may not be true.

Tell a parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.

Anti-Bullying Charter

Our Anti-Bullying Charter is an important element of raising the profile of our pupils’ rights and responsibilities, alongside clear instructions for how to report incidents of bullying. We expect high standards of behaviour and encourage pupils to develop into responsible and valued members of the school and wider community who can build and sustain good relations with others. To view our Anti-Bullying Charter click here.

Our Anti-Bullying Strategy is underpinned by our Positive Discipline (behaviour) policy as well as our policies for Anti-Bullying and Hate Incidents Reporting.

Types of Bullying:

  • Physical e.g. hitting, kicking, hurting, stealing
  • Verbal e.g. name calling, teasing
  • Hate speech e.g. being mean about someone different to you
  • Indirect e.g. rumours, leaving someone out
  • Cyberbullying e.g. online bullying on social media

Please see some frequently asked questions & answers below for further information:

What rights do pupils have?

As a member of BPA, you have the right:

  • To live your life in peace and safety
  • To be an individual and proud to be different
  • To not be bullied
  • To say ‘no’ to any behaviour you think is wrong
  • To tell an adult if someone is making you unhappy

What responsibilities do pupils hold?

We expect you:

  • To not put up with any form of bullying
  • To work with each other to stop bullying
  • To inform adults about bullying
  • To not make up stories about bullying
  • To understand the upset caused by bullying

Is it bullying?

Yes

  • Hurting on purpose
  • Happens more than one time by the same person or people
  • One person can bully you or it can be a group of people
  • It makes you upset

Is it bullying?

No

  • Falling out with your friends
  • One off unkindness
  • Being hurt by accident
  • Fighting, equally to blame

If someone is bullying you or being unkind:

  • Try to stay calm
  • Tell them to stop
  • Tell an adult – don’t retaliate
  • Get away from the situation quickly

After you have been bullied or someone has been unkind:

  • Tell a grown up – a member of staff or an adult at home
  • Take a friend with you if you want
  • Keep speaking up until the problem is sorted
  • Don’t blame yourself

When talking to an adult about bullying be clear about:

  • What has happened to you
  • How often it has happened
  • What was involved
  • Who saw what was happening
  • When it happened
  • What you have done about it already