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.

How it all began

How it all began

Before 1990 our area of interest and expertise was in the field of behaviour management and we had not sought or developed a particular interest in bullying. It was when teachers asked us for help that we extended our work into this field but carried forward the non-punitive, solution-focused approach to behaviour change that we had already established.

Andrew's story is an account of the first time the method was used. A colleague and friend approached us in a state of great anxiety and distress following a meeting with parents of a sixth-form student. Their account of Andrew's distress was a shock and our friend was asking advice on how to intervene. Acting on the suggestion we made, she ...

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