At Kettering Buccleuch Academy we take a strong stance against any incidents of bullying or prejudice related behaviour.
What is bullying?
There is no legal definition of bullying but there is still some Law and guidance which schools and other settings must have regard to.
Some key points:
- The Education Act 2002 Section 175 placed a legal duty on maintained schools and Local Authorities to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
- Some incidents of bullying may also be a treated as a child protection issue by the academy. A bullying incident will be addressed as a child protection issue under the Children Act 1989 when there is ‘reasonable cause to suspect that a child is suffering, or is likely to suffer, significant harm.
- Under the Public Sector Equality Duty of the Equality Act 2010, schools and childcare providers must take steps to prevent and respond to discriminatory language.
- Schools have the powers to intervene in bullying incidents outside of the school ground including on home-to-school transport, in the community and online.
- Most bullying incidents are not crimes. However, some types of bullying are illegal and we will always ensure that such incidents are reported to the police. This includes bullying that involves violence or assault; theft; harassment and intimidation over a period of time including calling someone names or threatening them, making abusive phone calls, and sending abusive emails or text messages (one incident is not normally enough to get a conviction); and anything involving hate crimes.
- Some cyberbullying activities could be criminal offences under a range of different laws, including the Malicious Communications Act 1988 and the Protection from Harassment Act 1997. There have been some instances of such prosecutions in the UK.
Anti-Bullying Alliance Silver Award
Kettering Buccleuch Academy is an Anti-Bullying Alliance Silver School