Working with families whose child is bullying
- How to use this guide
- The problem of bullying
- How do I know if a child is bullying?
- Approach to managing bullying
- Assessing the prevalence and nature of the child's bullying behaviour
- Examining risk and protective factors associated with bullying
- Supporting children who bully and their families
Approach to managing bullying
Intervention should consist of a management program determined by the needs of the child and family. The following four-step approach may assist practitioners to manage the child who is bullying and their family.
|Step 1: Begin working with the family||Gain trust and develop the parents' understanding of the child's problems and the risks they face in the future.|
|Step 2: Assess risk, effects and the family's capacity||Determine a risk rating; assess existing protective factors and the families' capacity to reduce risk.|
|Step 3: Develop a risk reduction management program||When dealing with a child or family with multiple problems, setting priorities may be necessary.|
|Step 4: Put a management program into practice||The aims of management are to decrease the risk factors in the child's life and manage the present concerns regarding behaviour.|
Evaluation of bullying behaviours, "at risk" and protective factors and timely supportive intervention are keys to preventing children's adjustment problems. The remainder of this guide provides the tools and resources to assist with these parts of the process.