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Mulberry's House Statement of Purpose

A Children's Welcome!

10-13 years old

A Children's Welcome!

13-18 years old

1 WHAT IS BULLYING ?

Bullying means different things to different people. A broad definition is that :

"Bullying is anything a person does deliberately, to cause someone else to feel pain and/or unhappiness."

Some incidents of bullying may be so serious that they should trigger child protection actions. This would apply where a child or young person is at risk of suffering - or has suffered - significant harm as a result of bullying.

Any incident that raises child protection concerns must be reported to staff responsible for initiating appropriate action.


Suffolk County Council Social Care Services recognize three main types of bullying:


i) Physica l - for example, hitting, kicking, theft.

ii) Verbal/written - for example, name calling, racist remarks, threats, text messages,

letters.

iii) Indirect - for example, spreading rumours, excluding someone from a conversation.


Examples of bullying might include:


Being ignored or made to feel someone is not good enough.

Removal of belongings - bags, clothing, personal items, money, sweets,food, homework.

Teasing/ridiculing - people laughing at someone's clothes, hair or the way they look.

Use of physical dominance and/or body language to intimidate.

Peer or 'gang' pressure - for example, to become involved in car crime, smoking, drugs, bullying, shoplifting.

Discrimination - race, culture, disability, gender, sexuality.

Subtle - a look/expression and/or an implied threat. 

Taking advantage - "my sweets for your watch".


2. UNDERSTANDING WHY SOMEBODY MIGHT BULLY         


Different people might sometimes bully others for many different reasons.  

These may include:-


i) Because they are unhappy.

ii) Because they need to feel important.

iii)Because they have been bullied themselves.

iv)Because they are frightened of being bullied themselves.

v)Because they are being abused.

vi)Because they need help/attention.

vii)Because they are jealous.


3. UNDERSTANDING WHY SOME PEOPLE MAY BE BULLIED


It may be something to do with the following things:

-Disability

-Beliefs

-Size

-Sexuality

-Age

-Appearance/clothing

-Race/colour

-Being too clever/finding it difficult to learn

-Likes and dislikes

-For being a Looked After Child


4. RECOGNISING BULLYING


These may be signs that a child is being bullied:


  1. A change in usual patterns of behaviour and activities.

  2. Becoming withdrawn.

  3. Becoming distressed/crying.

  4. A change in eating patterns.

  5. Self-harm.

  6. Having nightmares and/or changes in sleep patterns.      

  7. Unexplained or suspicious marks or bruises.

  8. Their belongings 'going missing'.

  9. They ask for money.

  10. They become involved in/there is an increase in, criminal activity.

  11. They refuse to say what is wrong.

  12. Adults hear from or about 'others' being bullied


They give excuses to explain any of the above

This is not an exhaustive list.

There may of course be other explanations for the above, but it should be

used as a helpful check list.

Staff and carers need to remain vigilant to the fact that Victims may often

try to appease the bully by 'siding' with them, if the bullying behaviour is

challenged.


5. OUR APPROACH TO BULLYING


Mulberry House Residential Care Home accepts responsibility across

its services and at all levels of the organisation, to deal effectively with the

bullying of children who are looked after.   This will include working with other

agencies and organisations, as necessary :


We will promote a culture of treating everyone with respect.


We will promote and protect the right of every looked after child to live in a safe place.


We will treat bullying seriously and will not accept bullying by anyone.


We will actively listen to all looked after children and be sensitive to the signs of bullying.                        


We will do everything we can to protect and help anyone who is being bullied.

We will work with the person who is bullying to help them to recognize and understand their needs and learn from the experience.

We will normally manage incidents of bullying without removing either the victim or the bully from their care placement.                      

We will make resources available to try to prevent bullying and support children affected by bullying.

We will encourage children who are 'looked-after' to use the children's rights and advocacy services as well as their carers.

We will refer too, and use the specific service guidance accompanying this policy in all cases of bullying.                        

We will ensure that children who are looked-after understand that staff and carers will treat bullying seriously and that something will be done about it if it happen

Mulberry House Care Services

Anti Bullying Policy

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Welcome to:

MULBERRY HOUSE!

This is a short booklet to let you know something about us.


Our address is:

11 Thurlow Park Road

London

SE21 8JB


Your pay phone number at Mulberry House is:

The office telephone number is:- 020 8674 5200