We have a number of anti-bullying measures in place here at Cardinal Newman Catholic School.
Mr Cannell is the Anti-Bullying Coordinator. He works with Years 7-11 and is based in the Anti-Bullying Office which has a drop-in clinic for any students who want to go to a trusted third party to talk in a safe non-judgmental environment.
Cardinal Newman Catholic School takes pride in using a restorative approach to resolve conflict and re-build relationships when harm has been caused.
Working restoratively helps students to understand how their behaviour has affected others and then creates a solution so things are put right. It also allows those harmed by others to have their voice heard and feel they have a say in what happens next. Together, an agreement is made with a facilitator to enable this process.
Restorative work can take place either in conferences by trained staff who specialise in this area, or in shorter conversations. This approach develops skills in reflection, emotional literacy and communication. It promotes empathy and a stronger sense of community within the school.
For more information on our restorative practise, please contact Tom Cannell: firstname.lastname@example.org
A group of Year 10 students have been recruited and trained by Kidscape to become Anti-Bullying Ambassadors and give support to students in each year.
Kidscape have provided our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors with extensive training which includes learning about the skills needed to become a mentor, gaining active listening skills, learning about the common issues faced by young people who are experiencing bullying and understanding the comprehensive support that may be needed.
Each Anti-Bullying Ambassador is assigned to a form group who they then meet with regularly during the school year.
The initiative has been running for the past two years and the School is the first in Brighton and Hove to work with Kidscape – a charity committed to keeping children safe from harm or abuse.
We have an Anti-bullying student blog available for students on Firefly.
The Anti-bullying student blog is run by our Anti-bullying Ambassadors who can help with any issues or questions students may have about bullying. Some students may wish to remain anonymous or not wish to talk to someone face to face so the blog is an ideal place to look for help.