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 6: Accounts from a Practitioner
Accounts from a Practitioner
Jane, one of our colleagues, has been using the No Blame Approach since 1992. Below she describes some strategies that she has found helpful. As with all documented methods of dealing with incidents of unacceptable behaviour, we have to be prepared to modify the approach to meet the needs of the individual situation.
Only about half of the cases of bullying I have handled, using the method, have followed the procedure as explained previously. Many require adaptation or, in a few cases, a repeat meeting. I hope that I can provide you with some of the tricks of the trade and guidelines for incidents that do not follow the normal pattern of events.
The advice has been broken down into ...