Friendship and Inclusion Policy
1. In accordance with the requirements
of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000 and the code of behaviour guidelines issued
by the NEWB, the Board of Management of Scoil Eimhín Naofa
has adopted the
following Friendship and Inclusion Policy (incorporating Anti-Bullying Procedures)
within the framework of the school’s overall Code
This policy fully complies with the requirements of the Anti-Bullying Procedures
for Primary and
2. The Board of Management of Scoil Eimhín Naofa recognises the very serious nature of bullying and the negative impact that it can have on the lives of pupils and is therefore fully committed to the following key principles of best practice in preventing and tackling bullying behaviour:
A positive school culture and climate which
A school-wide approach
A shared understanding of what bullying is and its impact
(e) Implementation of education and prevention strategies (including awareness-raising measures) that-
Effective supervision and monitoring of pupils
Supports for staff
Consistent recording, investigation and follow up of bullying behaviour
(including use of established intervention
On-going evaluation of the effectiveness of the Friendship and Inclusion
Policy (Incorporating Anti-Bullying Procedures).
3. In accordance with the Anti-Bullying
Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools bullying is defined as
Bullying is unwanted negative behaviour, verbal, psychological or physical, conducted by an individual or group against another person (or persons) and which is repeated over time.
The following types of bullying behaviour are included in the definition of bullying:
Isolated or once-off incidents of intentional negative behaviour, including a once-off offensive or hurtful text message or other private messaging, do not fall within the definition of bullying and should be dealt with, as appropriate, in accordance with the school’s code of behaviour.
However, in the context of this policy, placing a once-off offensive or hurtful public message, image or statement on a social network site or other public forum where that message, image or statement can be viewed and/or repeated by other people will be regarded as bullying behaviour.
Negative behaviour that does not meet this definition of bullying will be dealt with in accordance with the school’s Code of Behaviour.
Additional information on different
types of bullying is set out in Section 2, pages 9 – 11, of the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and
4. The relevant teacher(s) for
investigating and dealing with bullying is (are) as follows:
Section 6.8 of the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and
Refer to pages 29 and 30, sections 6.8.3. and 6.8.4 in the Procedures.
The Relevant Teachers in
Eimhín Naofa are:
Principal and all
may act as a relevant teacher if circumstances warrant it.
5. The education and prevention strategies (including
strategies specifically aimed at cyber-
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 (see
31 – 36, Section 6.8 of the Anti-Bullying Procedures
for Primary and
7. The school’s programme of support for working with pupils affected by bullying is as follows
6.8.16 of the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and
8. Supervision and Monitoring of Pupils
The Board of Management of Scoil Eimhín Naofa confirms that appropriate supervision and monitoring policies / practices are in place to both prevent and deal with bullying behaviour and to facilitate early intervention where possible.
Prevention of Harassment
The Board of Management of Scoil Eimhín Naofa confirms that the school will, in accordance with its obligations under equality legislation, take all such steps that are reasonably practicable to prevent the sexual harassment of pupils or staff or the harassment of pupils or staff on any of the nine grounds specified i.e. gender including transgender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race and membership of the Traveller community.
10. This policy was adopted by the Board of Management on November 13th, 2014.
11. This policy has been made available to school personnel, published on the school website and provided to the Parents’ Association. A copy of this policy will be made available to the Department of Education and Skills and the patron, if requested.
12. This policy and its implementation will be reviewed by the Board of Management once in every school year. Written notification that the review has been completed will be made available to school personnel, published on the school website and provided to the Parents’ Association. A record of the review and its outcome will be made available, if requested, to the patron and the Department of Education and Skills.