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.

Our Approach to Bullying – the Rationale

Our approach to bullying – the rationale

In spite of the change of name from ‘The No Blame Approach’ to ‘The Support Group Method’, the steps remain the same – sometimes slightly refined by our experience.

Not every act of aggression or nastiness is bullying and it is important to define the particular behaviours and processes before planning helpful interventions.


  • is a social behaviour, often involving groups,
  • takes place repeatedly, over time,
  • involves an imbalance of power,
  • meets the needs of those holding the power,
  • causes harm to those who are powerless to stop it,
  • can take many forms: verbal, physical, psychological.

Occasional acts of aggression would not be described as bullying unless there was a continuing fear or torment for the victims. It is also important ...

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