Anti-Harassment and Bullying, and Anti-                    Social Behaviour

 

1625ip is committed to making sure all young people and colleagues are free from threat, harassment, and intimidation. Everyone has the right not to be harassed, bullied, or victimised.

 We will not tolerate harassment or bullying in any form. Action will be taken against anybody – employee, a person using any of our services, visitor, contractor, or Board member – who is found to have been causing harassment.

 

What is harassment, bullying, and anti-social behaviour?

Harassment, bullying, and anti-social behaviours are behaviours that are unwelcome, possibly harmful, and offensive to another person. These behaviours might be repeated, or a one-off, and could be online (cyber) or in real life.

Bullying is offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour that can make a person feel vulnerable, upset, humiliated, undermined or threatened.

Harassment is any unwanted physical, verbal, or non-verbal conduct which has the purpose or effect of violating a person’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for them.

Antisocial behaviour is defined as ‘behaviour by a person which causes, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to persons not of the same household as the person’ (Antisocial Behaviour Act 2003)

 

What is racial harassment?

A racist incident is any incident which is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person. Racial harassment may be because of:

A person’s race

Colour

Nationality

Ethnic or national origins

 

What is hate crime?

 Hate crime is any incident which involves a criminal offence which the victim or any other person feels is motivated by prejudice or hatred of someone because of their: –

Race

Colour

Ethnic or national origin

Nationality

Religion

Gender

Gender identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

The following are some examples of racial harassment and hate crime:

Physical assault or threats

Damage to property or attempted arson

Offensive graffiti, letters, and posters

Abusive or obscene telephone calls

Verbal or written abuse or insults

 

What is sexual harassment?

Any kind of abuse or inappropriate behaviour directed at a person because of their gender or sexual orientation.  Abuse can take many forms:

• Physical – e.g., Unwanted touching, other physical contact, violence

• Spoken – e.g., insulting, or embarrassing jokes or comments

• Written – e.g., insulting cartoons, pictures, letters, e-mails

 

What can happen if someone is causing harassment

Where harassment is caused by someone living in one of our properties, and is serious or persistent, we may as a last resort take action to end the tenancy/licence

In serious cases of harassment police action or legal proceedings may be necessary to protect people using our services, employees, or any other person suffering from harassment

It is important to understand that YOU are held responsible for any nuisance or harassment caused by your visitors, so you need to think about who you let come round to your place and make sure they respect your home, as it’s your accommodation on the line.

 

What you can do if you are suffering from any form of harassment.

LET US KNOW – It is not acceptable for it to happen to you or anyone else. All incidents should be reported. You can report an incident to any 1625ip worker – they might work in your service or be a coach or EET worker from another 1625ip service. If you feel unable to do this, you can ask how to contact a manager, director, or board member at 1625ip.

 

For support from other agencies please see the ‘Useful Contacts‘ section