Throughout this policy, the term ‘Lighthouse’ shall be taken to mean, collectively: Lighthouse Beaconsfield, Registered Charity No. 1151896 Lighthouse Bourne End, Registered Charity No 1180779 Lighthouse Burnham, Registered Charity No. 1182190 Lighthouse Cressex, Registered Charity No. 1183476 Lighthouse Hazlemere, Registered Charity No. 1178562 Lighthouse High Wycombe, Registered Charity No. 1114541 Lighthouse Langley, Registered Charity No 1181000 Lighthouse Mansfield, Registered Charity No. 1164680 Lighthouse Marlow, Registered Charity No. 1178062 Lighthouse Princes Risborough, Registered Charity No. 1178119 Lighthouse Thame & Villages, Registered Charity No 1179483 Lighthouse Central, Registered Charity No. 1169839
At Lighthouse, we are committed to providing a safe and caring environment that is free from disruption, violence and any form of harassment so that every person attending can develop his/ her full potential.
Bullying, harassment, victimisation and discrimination will not be tolerated. We treat all children attending Lighthouse and all volunteers fairly and with consideration and we expect them to respect each other, in return.
The aim of this policy is to try and prevent and deal with any behaviour deemed as bullying. The implementation of this policy will create an ethos where bullying is regarded as unacceptable so that a safe and secure environment is created for everyone during Lighthouse week. All volunteers at Lighthouse have a responsibility to recognise bullying when it occurs and take appropriate action in accordance with the policy.
Lighthouse has adopted the following collaborative definition of bullying which is our shared understanding of what bullying is:
“The persistent and continued intimidation and/or abuse (either verbal, physical or via social media) carried out deliberately by an individual or group with the intended purpose of harming another individual or which has that effect”.
Bullying can be:
Any concerns which are reported will be treated seriously and dealt with immediately in order to determine the most effective approach to resolving the issues identified.
The exact course of action will vary with each situation, but the main objectives should be that bullying incidents are identified, brought into the open, discussed and that strategies are agreed to help resolve the problem. In all incidents of bullying observed, disclosed or suspected, it is important to ensure that: