WPES has a ‘duty of care’ towards its students with regard to bullying in that the Head of centre and staff stand in loco parentis (in place of the parents). This duty of care includes protecting students from bullying and ensuring that a safe and supportive environment is sustained which allows every individual to reach their potential. This ethos is encouraged in all aspects of daily life at the Centre.
This policy takes full account of the school’s legal obligations under ‘The Education Act of 2006:
‘Section 89 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 provides that maintained schools must have measures to encourage good behaviour and prevent all forms of bullying amongst pupils. These measures should be part of the school’s behaviour policy which must be communicated to all pupils, school staff and parents’.
The Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act 2010 replaces previous anti-discrimination laws with a single Act. A key provision is a new public sector Equality Duty, which came into force on 5 April 2011. It replaces the three previous public sector equality duties for race, disability and gender, and covers age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. The Duty has three aims. It requires public bodies to have due regard to the need to:
eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the act
advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
Definition of Bullying
For the purpose of this policy, bullying is defined as:
‘Behaviour by an individual or a group, repeated over time that intentionally hurts another individual either physically or emotionally”. (DfE “Preventing and Tackling Bullying”, July 2017)