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Bullying within social work

At around 10% of over 4000 cases, social workers and social services employees are the third largest group of callers to the UK National Workplace Bullying Advice Line after teachers (20%) and healthcare employees (12%) and before workers from the voluntary sector (6-8%). In each case, the bully is a serial bully with a history of bullying and harassment. At least 50% of bullies in the caring professions are female, demonstrating that bullying is not a gender issue.

Attracted to the profession for the opportunities for power and control over vulnerable clients, and similar opportunities for power and control over employees committed to their clients, the serial bully can usually be recognised by their career progression: shortly after joining the profession, s/he puts as much distance as possible between him/herself and the actual clients by getting him/herself promoted up the managerial ladder, often using the fast-track approach.

The serial bully, especially the female, has an overwhelming narcissistic and attention-seeking need to portray herself as a wonderful, kind, caring, compassionate person but is oblivious to her aggression, dysfunction and inappropriateness of her behaviour. Click here for the full profile.

Look for high staff turnover, high sickness absence, high levels of grievance and disciplinary action, frequent "reorganisations" to remove "troublemakers" (ie anyone capable of exposing and calling to account the serial bully), etc. All of this is subsidised by taxpayers and donors.

Bully OnLine is a gold mine of insight and information on bullying which identifies the different types of harassment and bullying, and exposes the main perpetrator, the serial bully. Everyone knows at least one person in their life with the profile of the serial bully. Click here to see ...who has this behaviour profile in your life?

Have a look through this web site to recognise the bullies and bullying in your life ... start with Am I being bullied? then move on to What is bullying? To find out what you can do about bullying, click Action to tackle bullying. Have a look at the profile of the serial bully which is common to bullying managers of the serial kind, harassers, stalkers, rapists, violent partners, abusers, pedophiles, even serial killers of the organized kind.

If bullying and harassment have caused injury to your health, commonly diagnosed as "stress", see the page on injury to health and the one on the psychiatric injury of trauma, a collection of symptoms congruent with the diagnostic criteria for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.


Virtual Social Work provides an information gateway for social workers in the UK and has extensive resources.

Careandhealth is a major on-line resource for people in the care sector. The site has a database of all UK approved social work courses, extensive policy and law references, a sector specific care jobs service, daily news, features on professional practice, over 1400 links to other sites, discussion areas and guides to finding the right training courses.

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What is bullying and why me? | Definitions of bullying
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Bullying and vulnerability
Why have my colleagues deserted me?
What's the difference between bullying and mobbing?
What is harassment and discrimination?
Why grievance procedures are inappropriate for dealing with bullying
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Profile of the serial bully - who does this describe in your life?
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