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Policies and Procedures
The WCED has implemented a policy called “Abuse no More” that provides guidelines to schools on dealing with any form of abuse, including bullying. The guidelines provide advice on reporting incidents of abuse, how to support victims and how to deal with perpetrators.
Schools deal with bullying in terms of the Code of Conduct. The SGB is responsible for the establishment of a Learner Code of Conduct that includes the anti-bullying policy of the school. SGBs are trained on a three-year cycle to capacitate SGB members to execute their responsibilities to ensure a school with a positive behaviour ethos.
The Life Skills curriculum across the grades includes education on bullying:
- For example, the Grade 4 curriculum covers different types of bullying and how to protect yourself from bullying.
- Grade 6 learners learn about reasons for bullying and how to “get out of the bullying habit”. The curriculum provides advice on where to get help.
Safe Schools Support
The Safe Schools unit provides extra-mural youth development programmes to build capacity for positive behaviour, addressing aggressive and violent behaviour, including bullying.
The anti-bullying programme forms part of the National School Safety Framework.
Learners who experience bullying at school can phone the Safe Schools’ Call Centre on the toll-free number: 0800 45 46 47 for assistance.
Psycho-social Support Pathway
Support to schools is provided upon request and referral in accordance with the Psycho-social Support Pathway that provides a continuum from low-, moderate- to high-level support.
Support is given by the Circuit-based Support Teams (which include a social worker and psychologist) in the form of therapeutic interventions for the victim, restorative interventions for the perpetrator and support to the school as a system of care to learners and families. Anti-bullying campaigns and pledges are amongst district-wide interventions.
Psychologists, Counsellors and School Social Workers provide both individual and/or group counselling and therapeutic support to learners who report that they are being bullied
A carousel item on the WCED homepage asks learners to report bullying to their school or the Safe Schools’ Call Centre. Besides videos, the Anti-bullying FAQ webpage also includes information about different types of bullying, how to deal with it and who to reach out to. eResources are also available on the ePortal.
- “Raise your voice not your phone” campaign on social media re: social media bullying from 21 April 2021. (Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and TikTok)
- Social media policy is now included in 2nd term SIM. Campaign underway to ensure that schools comply with a policy for learners.
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