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 8: Questions People Ask
Questions People Ask
You are Not Seen to be Taking Strong Action – what will Parents, Pupils and Colleagues Think?
A school which has a clear written policy which sets out its anti-bullying procedures is not likely to incur disapproval from the community. In our experience, dissatisfaction arises when teachers do not take parental complaints seriously or when they respond by blaming the victim: ‘It's six of one and half a dozen of the other’, ‘She doesn't do much to help herself.’ We have explained The Support Group Method at several parents’ meetings, and reactions have been very positive. Parents of victims do sometimes feel angry, or want revenge, but when they are confident that action will be taken, we find that they agree that ...