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Responding to incidents of bullying primary school


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Solution-focused support groups by Consultant Sue Young. …

Solution-focused support groups by Consultant Sue Young.
The conference Developing Strength and Resilience in Children, 1-2 Nov. 2010 in Oslo.

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  • 1. "Developing Strength and Resilience in Children" 1-2 November 2010 Day 2 13:10 – 14:00 Responding to incidents of bullying in the primary school: Solution-focused support groups Sue Young
  • 2. 2 You may need to tell me to slow down! Listen out out for anything that may need translating… If you are unsure, no doubt there‟s others, so please just interrupt me…
  • 3. 3 Solution-focused scale: How we want school to be instead. Our best hopes for relationships in school… A friendly, supportive and safe community … Lots of bullying, all the time… 10 5 1
  • 4. 4 However…… bullying Even in the most friendly, safe and supportive schools there is always the possibility that bullying will happen So we still need effective ways to deal with it Individual interventions: • Solution-focused support groups (primary) • Solution-focused conversations (secondary)
  • 5. 5 Successful past In pairs: Tell your partner about a time when you successfully intervened to stop bullying… What was important in making it successful?
  • 6. 6 • Most bullying in schools is short-lived • Schools are generally successful at reducing or stopping bullying • Sometimes they need something more powerful…
  • 7. 7 Groups had been used before: • Anatol Pikas (‘Farsta’ Method, Common Concern) • No Blame approach (Maines & Robinson) • Support group approach (me!) A solution-focused intervention
  • 8. 8 Solution-focused practice • Describing the preferred future • Recognising the successful past • Appreciating existing strengths • Doing more of what works
  • 9. 9 Video • The Parks Primary School in Hull • Parents unhappy – thought bullying was frequent & the school was doing nothing • Trained non-teaching staff to use support groups • Pupils who had been in support groups were asked to give their feedback
  • 10. 10 Transcript Jodie & Roxanne Jodie
  • 11. 11 Video Jodie
  • 12. 12 Setting up a support group: Interview the child who needs support to: • Identify members of the support group – pupils s/he finds difficult – pupils who are around at the time – any friends / potential friends • Explain the next step, generating optimism • Arrange to review
  • 13. 13 Convene the group to: • Aim - „ to help me make X happier in school‟ • Raise empathy from their own experiences • Ask for their suggestions • Compliment their ideas • Admire their group plan • Arrange to review (NB The group does not include the target child)
  • 14. 14 Review with the child a week later: • Ask how things are going • Compliment them for any improvement / success • Arrange review or leave it open
  • 15. 15 Review with group to: • Ask how things are going • Compliment individuals for their help • Compliment the group for success • Thanks and appreciation • Arrange review or leave it open
  • 16. 16 Roxanne
  • 17. 17 Video Roxanne
  • 18. 18 • Parents kept informed throughout
  • 19. 19 Support groups: outcomes in „difficult‟ cases: In a review of the first 50 support groups: • 80% bullying stopped straight away • 14% stopped between 1st & 5th meeting • 6% improved but re-referred
  • 20. 20 • The traditional way of dealing with bullying is having an investigation and then punish the „bully‟ • So what‟s better about using a support group?
  • 21. 21 Effective intervention • Bullying stops • Fast • Longer term effect • Accessible to school staff • Time efficient • Parental support • Inclusive • No „telling tales‟
  • 22. 22 Solution focused support groups –„Solution key‟ –Gets beyond, rather than solves, the problem
  • 23. 23 Secondary Constraints on using a support group
  • 24. 24 Solution Focused Support Groups • Used an example application of SF by Peter De Jong & Insoo Kim Berg in the 3rd edition of “Interviewing for Solutions”
  • 25. 25 What’s different? • Anti-bullying focusing on POTENTIAL • Appreciates what staff and students are doing already in schools • SF strategies for whole school, classroom & individuals • Now in Swedish!!
  • 26. 26 Thank-you To tell me about something you are doing, or if you think I may be able to help in any way: