Principals must ensure that their school implements an anti-bullying plan that is developed collaboratively with students, school staff, parents, caregivers, and the community, and is reviewed every three years.

The plan must include:

  • developing a shared understanding of bullying behaviour that captures all forms of bullying including cyberbullying
  • a statement of purpose that outlines individual and shared responsibilities of students, parents, caregivers and teachers for preventing and responding to bullying behaviour
  • developing and implementing programs for bullying prevention
  • implementing early intervention support for students who are identified by the school as being at risk
  • publicised clear procedures for reporting incidents of bullying to the school
  • processes for responding to incidents of bullying that have been reported to the school quickly and effectively
  • support for any student who has been affected by, engaged in or witnessed bullying behaviour
  • mechanisms for regular updates, within the bounds of privacy legislation, for parents or caregivers about the management of the incidents
  • monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of the plan
  • annual reporting to the school community on the effectiveness of the plan.

This information is from the Bullying: Preventing and Responding to Student Bullying in Schools Policy. Principals should read the whole policy.

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