Blue Sky Learning is committed to a policy of inclusion, equality and justice. We provide a caring and
safe place for all our children so that they can learn and play in a relaxed and secure environment. We believe that
bullying of any kind is completely unacceptable, and will not be tolerated in our setting.

We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young
people, to keep them safe and operate in a way that protects them.

What Is Bullying?

Bullying encompasses a range of behaviours which may be combined and may include the behaviours and actions we have set out below.

Verbal abuse:

  • name-calling
  • saying nasty things to or about a child or their family.

Physical abuse:

  • hitting a child
  • pushing a child
  • physical assault.

Emotional abuse:

  • making threats
  • undermining a child
  • excluding a child from a friendship group or activities.

Cyberbullying/online bullying: 

  • excluding a child from online games, activities or friendship groups
  • sending threatening, upsetting or abusive messages
  • creating and sharing embarrassing or malicious images or videos
  • ‘trolling’ – sending menacing or upsetting messages on social networks, chat rooms or online games
  • voting for or against someone in an abusive poll
  • setting up hate sites or groups about a particular child
  • creating fake accounts, hijacking or stealing online identities to embarrass a young person or cause trouble using their name.

We recognise that:

  • bullying causes real distress and affects a person’s health and development and in some instances, bullying can cause significant harm
  • all children, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or
    belief, sex or sexual orientation, have the right to equal protection from all
    types of harm or abuse
  • everyone has a role to play in preventing all forms of bullying (including online)
    and putting a stop to bullying.

    We seek to prevent bullying by:

  • developing a code of behaviour that sets out how everyone involved in our
    organisation is expected to behave, in face-to-face contact and online, and
    within and outside of our activities
  • holding regular discussions with staff, volunteers, children, young people and
    families who use our organisation about bullying and how to prevent it
  • providing support and training for all staff and volunteers on dealing with all
    forms of bullying, including racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic and sexual
  • putting clear and robust anti-bullying procedures in place.