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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Committed to stamping out student bullying

Stop bullying

Delegates at the Annual Delegates Conference unanimously voted in favour of investigating further the extent of bulling within trusts and evaluating what additional action should be taken.

Charlotte Beardmore, SCoR Director of Professional Policy, said: “We have been working continually to push home the message that bullying of any form in the workplace is unacceptable.

“There is still more work to do, and we are committed to stamping out bullying.

“Students are our future.”

Proposing the motion was Priyesh Mistry, a student radiographer from the Midlands, who gave an evocative speech about the experience of some of his colleagues.

“At least one student in each year refuses to return to their placement site because of bullying. If they are unsuccessful in getting a place in a different department, they leave the course.

“Students that are bullied develop into professionals that behave like it is acceptable and become bullies themselves.”

Seconding the motion was Sharon Stewart on behalf of Scottish Council. She said: “Students deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. With a supportive environment they will become your future colleagues.

“So consider speaking out next time you see a colleague or a student being bullied.”

The SoR launched the ‘Stamp Out Bullying’ campaign in 2012 to raise awareness that bullying of any form in the workplace is unacceptable.

In 2013, an SoR survey found that 40% of respondents had been subjected to incidents of bullying and harassment at work in the last two years.

And in 2014, the SoR emailed radiography managers across the UK asking them to sign up to four basic principles to prevent bullying in their departments. 

These are:

  • I agree that bullying, harassment or intimidating behaviour is unacceptable in my workplace.
  • I uphold respect and dignity for all my colleagues, associates and students.
  • I will do all I can to assist anyone who is a victim, in accordance with their wishes.
  • Starting with myself, I will strive to eradicate such behaviour from my workplace.

There are ’Stop Bullying’ cards available that list the principles. Click here to order them.

Charlotte added that to date 50 managers and educators have signed up so far, “but we need to continue this vital work”. Click here to see the list

Click here for advice about how to deal with bullying and harassment.

Click here to view and download the Society’s document ‘Bullying and Harassment: Achieving dignity at work for all our members’.

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