It is expected that carers will promote an atmosphere in the home where bullying is not accepted or tolerated.

Bullying within residential establishments for young people is recognised as a risk but will not be tolerated.


Bullying is any behaviour which is deliberately intended to hurt, threaten or frighten another person or group of people.  It is usually unprovoked, is often repeated and can continue for a long period of time.  It usually reflects an imbalance and abuse of power.  Bullying behaviours are aggressive although they may not seem so.

S. Sharp; Sheffield Project 1991 Bullying can take many forms including name-calling, physical or emotional harassment and inappropriate use of humour.  Bullying can be on the grounds of race, gender, sexual orientation and disability.The values and principles of Services for Children and Young People state that everyone will be treated with dignity and respect and their welfare and safety will be paramount.  Everyone has the right not to be bullied and the service recognises bullying as a serious issue.

Addressing bullying In order to address bullying staff within the Secure Unit must:-


There are three aspects to managing an effective response to bullying; the young people who are bullied; the young people who bully; and the capacity of each units physical resources, staff resources, and internal processes to contribute to the safer caring of young people. The bullied young person

The Procedure of the Unit

All staff should ensure that bullying or threatening behaviour is not tolerated in the unit.

All staff should respond to bullying in the first instance by:

Monitoring Bullying