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Bullying and Harassment Policy


Elsie Ever After is committed to creating an environment free from bullying and harassment. All allegations of bullying and harassment will be investigated and if necessary, appropriate action taken. EEA will also not tolerate victimisation of a person for making allegations of bullying or harassment in good faith or supporting someone who has made such complaint.

We all have a responsibility to create a culture where bullying and harassment doesn’t happen, and challenging it or reporting it if we see it happening.

This policy covers bullying and harassment of and by trustees and volunteers engaged in EEA work. This policy covers all EEA events and related social events. This policy also covers cyber bullying of trustees and volunteers associated with the charity.


What is bullying and harassment?

  • Bullying is offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour and/or an abuse or misuse of power that is meant to undermine, humiliate or injure the person on the receiving end. Harassment is unwanted conduct that has the purpose of violating a person’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that person; or
  • Is reasonably considered by that person to have the effect of violating their dignity or of creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment of them, even if this effect was not intended by the person responsible for the conduct.
  • Harassment on the grounds of a protected characteristic is unlawful under the Equality Act 2010.
  • Cyber bullying is any form of bullying, harassment or victimisation which takes place over digital devices such as mobile phones or computers. This can be via text, apps, social media or gaming platforms. It includes sending, posting or sharing negative, harmful, false or mean content about someone else. It can also include sharing private or personal information that the other person would not want you to share, causing embarrassment or humiliation.

If you feel you have been bullied or harassed and have not been able to, or do not feel able to agree matters or solve informally with the person involved then you should contact one of the Trustees of the charity. All complaints will be investigated. The trustees will deal with the matter as confidentially as possible. If a complaint is made to the charity, a Trustee will revert with an update within 21 days.