- The school’s procedures for investigation, follow-up and recording of bullying behaviour and the established intervention strategies used by the school for dealing with cases of bullying behaviour are as follows:
All incidents will be investigated: Incidents of bullying behaviour, regardless of the type of bullying or no matter how trivial, which are brought to the attention of the relevant teacher (the class teacher) will be investigated. Where appropriate, the relevant teacher may choose to investigate in cooperation with another relevant teacher (class teacher) or year head. He/she may also choose to consult with the Deputy Principal and/or Principal.
Ensuring a thorough and successful investigation: It must be recognised that the success of any investigation into an alleged bullying incident is often dependent on the quality and detail of the information supplied to the relevant teacher(s) by the student(s) or parent(s) making the allegation. It is generally the case that names must be provided if an investigation is to be progressed effectively. Experience shows that successful investigations often prove impossible in the absence of the names of the alleged perpetrators.
First steps in the investigation: The alleged victim and the alleged perpetrators of the incident (along with other students who may be able to assist in the investigation of the incident) will be interviewed by the relevant teacher(s) and encouraged and facilitated to solve the problem. When adjudged necessary, written statements may be sought from the parties involved.
A written record: In cases where the relevant teacher finds that an incident merits further investigation, the standard CSN Bullying Report Forms (Forms A and B, Appendix B) will always be completed by the relevant teacher. A copy of the Bullying Report Form will be kept by school management in a secure location. Any written statements may be attached to the Forms. In cases where an allegation of bullying has not been substantiated, the completion of the standard CSN Bullying Report Forms (Forms A and B) will not be compulsory though it would generally be regarded as good practice.
Focus will be on resolution rather than blame: The primary aim in investigating and dealing with the bullying incident will be to resolve any issues and to restore as far as is practicable the relationships of the parties involved (rather than to apportion blame). In some circumstances, the pupil or pupils concerned will have access to a school guidance counsellor.
Parents will be contacted: In any case where it has been determined by the relevant teacher that bullying has occurred, the parents of the parties involved will be contacted to inform them of the matter and the actions being taken will be explained to them.
Situation will be monitored for 20 school days: The relevant teacher will monitor the situation for 20 school days. In most cases, it is expected that this will be the end of the matter.
Use of DES Standard Template for recording Bullying Behaviour: In cases where the relevant teacher considers that the suspected bullying behaviour has not been adequately and appropriately addressed within 20 days after the bullying behaviour occurred, the relevant teacher must record the bullying behaviour using the DES standard Template for Recording Bullying Behaviour and a copy provided to the Principal or Deputy Principal. Note: The Template for Recording Bullying Behaviour should also be completed immediately and a copy provided to the Principal or Deputy Principal in cases where the relevant teacher adjudges the bullying behaviour to be particularly serious.
Sanctions: In cases where bullying behaviour has not been adequately and appropriately addressed within 20 days after the bullying behaviour occurred and where it has been, therefore, necessary to complete a Template for Recording Bullying Behaviour, a sanction may be imposed by the Principal or Deputy Principal.
Depending on the seriousness of a case sanctions may include:
– a contract of good behaviour
– school community service
– withdrawal of privileges
– other sanctions as may be deemed appropriate