Previously referred to as The No Blame Approach, the work of George and Barbara has been popular amongst practitioners but criticised by politicians. This publication incorporates an updated edition of their best selling Crying For Help and charts the recent controversy which lead to the removal of the method as a recommended intervention from the DfES website. For those who are interested in understanding, using and evaluating the method, this will provide a clear practical guide and an explanation of the theory underpinning the work.
If you are already familiar with our work, you might be confused to see the authors of ‘The No Blame Approach’ writing a book with ‘The Support Group Method’ in the title. No – we have not devised yet another method for dealing with bullying. One has been difficult enough. The No Blame Approach will continue to be respected overseas, but in the UK it has become a political football and we have decided to change the name, which was probably ill-advised in the first place, and now use a name that describes what the intervention does. When referring to recent work we use the new name, but where we include previous writing or include contributions from other colleagues we have left the name ...