KILBRIDE NATIONAL SCHOOL
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Sexual Harassment – Adult Bullying Policy
The Board of Management of Kilbride National School recognises that all employees have the right to a workplace free from sexual harassment and is fully committed to ensuring that all employees are able to enjoy that right.
There is a responsibility on all employees to ensure a workplace free from sexual harassment for all other employees, and to be aware of this policy.
Any complaint of sexual harassment shall be fully and properly investigated and, if substantiated, will be regarded as grounds for disciplinary action up to and including dismissal. An attempt will be made to resolve the complaint informally in the first instance but if this is not possible, a formal procedure will be invoked. Confidentiality will be ensured, insofar as is possible, at all times during the investigation for all parties involved.
What is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment means unwanted conduct of a sexual nature or other conduct based on a person’s sex which affects the dignity of men and women at work. This can include unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct which is offensive and causes discomfort or humiliation to the individual concerned.
Examples of sexual harassment include:
This list is not exhaustive.
Adult bullying in the work place
What is Adult Bullying?
The Health & Safety Authority defines bullying as follows:
Bullying in the workplace is repeated aggression, verbal, psychological or physical, conducted by an individual or group against another person or persons. Bullying is where aggression or cruelty, viciousness, intimidation or a need to humiliate, dominate the relationships. Isolated incidents of aggressive behaviour, while to be condemned, should not be described as bullying. In the workplace environment there can be conflicts and interpersonal difficulties. Many of these are legitimate industrial relations difficulties, which should be dealt with through the appropriate industrial relations channels. Only aggressive behaviour which is systematic and on-going should be regarded as ‘’bullying’’.
In summary, Adult Bullying can take many different forms, which usually include:
Key factors of Adult Bullying are that the behaviour is generally:
Any employee who feels he or she has been or is being sexually harassed or bullied should ask the perpetrator to stop. Where this form of action is unsuccessful the employee may report the matter to any of the following- the Principal, INTO staff representative or teacher/member of the Board of Management of Kilbride National School.
Attempts will be made to resolve the matter informally, if appropriate. If it is not possible to resolve the matter informally, a formal complaints procedure shall be applied incorporating the following steps:
No record of any complaint will be registered on an employee’s file unless the formal procedure outlined above has been invoked.
It is the policy of the school that issues of sexual harassment are best dealt with within the school. However, no aspect of this Policy affects any employee’s individual legal rights to take their complaint outside of the school.
This policy was approved by the Board of Management in the academic year 2017/2018 and will be reviewed in the academic year 2018/2019.