Child Protection

Bristol School of Performing Arts fully recognises its responsibilities for child protection.

Our police applies to all staff and volunteers working at BSPA. The five main elements to our policy are to:

1. Ensure that we practice safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children

2. Raise awareness of child protection issues and equip children with the skills needed to keep them safe

3. Develop and implement procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases of abuse

4. Support students who have been abused in accordance with the agreed child protection plan

5. Establish a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.

We recognise that, because of their frequent contact with children, school staff are well placed to observe the outward signs of abuse. BSPA will therefore:


Bristol School of Performing Arts is committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our students so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our School. If bullying does occur, all students should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealy with promptly and effectively. We are a TELLING School. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell the staff.

What is bullying?

Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person. Bullying results in pain and distress to the victim. Bullying can be:

Why is it so important to respond to bullying?

Bullying hurts. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Everybody has the right to be treated with respect. Students who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving.

BSPA fully recognises its responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to issues of bullying.

Objectives of this Policy

Signs and Symptoms

A child may indicate signs or behaviour that he or she is being bullied. Adults should be aware of these possible signs and then they should investigate if a child:

These signs and behaviours could indicate other problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility and should be investigated.


1. Report bullying incidents to staff

2. In cases of serious bullying, the incidents will be recorded by staff

3. In serious cases, parents should be informed and will be asked to come to a meeting to discuss the problem

4. If necessary and appropriate, police will be consulted

5. The bullying behaviour or threats of bullying must be investigated and the bullying stopped quickly

6. An attempt will be made to help the bully (bullies) change their behaviour.


1. The bully (bullies) may be asked to genuinely apologise. Other consequences may take place.

2. In serious cases, suspension or even exclusion will be considered.

3. If possible, the students will be reconciled

4. After the incident/incidents have been investigated and dealt with, each case will be monitored to ensure repeated bullying does not take place.


We will use various methods for helping children to prevent bullying. As and when appropriate, these may include:

BSPA 2015 (with thanks to Kidscape)


Advisory Centre for Education (ACE) 08088005793

Children’s Legal Centre: 08453454345

Kidscape parent’s helpline (Mon – Fri, 10 – 4) 08451205204

Parentline Plus: 0808 800 2222

Youth Access: 020 8772 9900

Bullying online:

Policy last revised 2015

Health & Safety Policy