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 5: The Support Group Method – Step-By-Step
The Support Group Method – Step-By-Step
When bullying has been observed or reported, then The Support Group Method offers a simple seven-step procedure which can be used by a teacher or other facilitator. However, it does rely upon the ‘discovery’ of an incident and all institutions should concentrate on openness and an ethos that supports peers in seeking help for targets without suffering the stigma of ‘telling’.
Note that each step has been carefully planned as a single part of the whole and variations may undermine the success of the method. The word ‘target’ has been used as it is less stigmatising than ‘victim’ and is congruent with our suggestion that a target can be ‘anyone’.