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.
Chapter 3: Bullying – what is it and who is Involved?
Bullying – what is it and who is Involved?
There are many different forms of aggressive or harmful behaviours enacted between people who learn, work, play or live together and not all are bullying. Some are conflict, some are random aggression, and all should be taken seriously. There are many varied definitions of bullying and the one below is taken from the Statement of Purpose of the Anti-Bullying Alliance (http://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk):
Bullying is a subjective experience and can take many forms. Accounts of children and young people, backed up by research, identify bullying as any behaviour that is:
- harmful, carried out by an individual or a group
- repetitive, wilful or persistent
- an imbalance of power, leaving the person being bullied feeling defenceless.