ANTI HARASSMENT ANTI BULLYING POLICY

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					                   ANTI HARASSMENT / ANTI BULLYING POLICY

1. INTRODUCTION
      The Australian Technical College – Spencer Gulf & Outback is committed to providing an
      environment in which students feel safe.


2. DEFINITION OF HARRASMENT AND BULLYING
      Harassment is behaviour which makes you feel embarrassed or afraid. It is often
      repeated, always unwanted and unreasonable.

      Discrimination is unjust and unequal behaviour based on race, sexuality, disability or
      difference.

      Bullying is seeking a sense of power by intimidating others.

      Some Examples

      Examples of harassment and bullying include:

            Threatening or causing fear
            Fighting
            Insulting
            Sexual
            Name calling
            Unpleasant jokes
            Showing offensive material
            Sending offensive text messages, and/or emails
            Spreading rumours about a person
            Ridiculing a person and/or their sexuality
            Deliberately isolating a person




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      Harassment / Bullying can result in:

         Feelings of being embarrassed, unhappy, frightened, unsafe, lonely, angry or
          physically ill
         An inability to concentrate, work or sleep
         A loss of self-esteem
         A deterioration in relationships with staff, family and friends
         Confusion and an inability to know what to do about the problem
         An unwillingness to come to school


3. MANDATORY NOTIFICATION
      All registered teachers and staff members are obliged by law to report physical, sexual or
      emotional abuse of young people who are less than 18 years old.


4. WHO TO SEE
      Your Teacher/Case Manager, Vocational & Careers Counsellor, Director of Education &
      Training, or relevant contact person at TAFE SA, Registered Training Organisation or in
      your place of employment can help you.


5. POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES
      Inevitably there are occasions when students do not play their part in providing a safe
      environment. Mediation meetings with the Student Counsellor, Director of Education and
      Training or Principal or relevant contact person at your place of employment, TAFE or
      Registered Training Organisation are the favoured means of encouraging suitable
      behaviour.




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6. WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT HARASSMENT OR BULLYING
                                                       (A)

                                                    Do Nothing
         Ignore it                                                        (serious breaches of the law
         Show it doesn’t upset you                                        may need to be reported)

                                                     Result?
         Harassment stops                                                 Harassment doesn’t stop
         Satisfactory result                                              you may choose to

                                                                                   

                                                       (B)

                Confront the person who is harassing you (if you feel able to)
         Ask them to stop
         Tell the person how their behaviour makes you feel
         Tell the person that the behaviour is unwanted

     This step increases your control of the situation.

                                                     Result?
         Behaviour stops                                                  Behaviour doesn’t stop
         Satisfactory result                                              you may

                                                                                   

                                                       (C)

See your Teacher/Case Manger, Student Counsellor or relevant contact person at TAFE,
              Registered Training Organisation or place of employment

       Talk openly about the problem
       Make a plan with your helper to deal with the problem

                                                     Result?
       Behaviour stops                                                    Behaviour doesn’t stop
       No more action needed                                              you may

                                                                                   

                                                       (D)

                                           Go back to the contact person




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