1 UK Experts in Conflict Resolution
run, nationally recognised advice centre
National Bullying Helpline was the brainchild of Christine Pratt
and her husband David - who also run a successful HR Consultancy;
HR & Diversity Management Limited. Today, the helpline
is a privately run, nationally recognised, advice centre specialising
in conflict whether that conflict is in the home, the community,
the school or workplace.
Nationally recognised by:
The Employment Tribunal Service, ACAS, Citizens Advice, The Samaritans,
GP surgeries UK wide, our PM The Rt.Hon David Cameron, the NHS and
other UK employers in the public and private sector - and you. Most
of the above refer cases to us. (Featured in WOMENS OWN 07.01.2013).
Christine first realised the enormity
of bullying and harassment in the workplace in the mid 1990's so
launched a national helpline as a subsidiary to her HR Consultancy.
At this time, she worked closely with the late Tim Field (See below).
Subsequently, between 2007 and 2011 the helpline operated as a Charity.
Today, the helpline (a non Charity)
is a household name and continues to provide practical and timely
support to both adults and children; those bullied in the community,
the home, the playground and/or the workplace. In fact the helpline
is unique and today it is the only organisation of its kind run
by qualified HR professionals.
In hindsight, registering as a Charity
was non-productive for a number of reasons. The founders felt unable
to lobby or campaign freely - as one might expect from an operation
striving with good cause to improve laws and lives. Also, funding
became an issue. A business decision was therefore taken to revert
back to a helpline and website (that will be kept up to date) to
continue to provide timely support to those who need it. Charitable
status is not an essential requirement.
This website is now a central source
of useful and practical information. Whether you are the bully,
the bullied, the employer, the employee, a dispute resolution service
provider, an academic or just a member of the public seeking 'up
to date' information - we can help.
Employment Law Solicitors, Family
Law Solicitors, Mediators, Coaches, Counsellors, Mental Health experts,
HR practitioners and any/all ''Dispute Resolution Service Providers'
are invited to advertise their services on this website.
We are now a One-Stop-Shop. We are
a practical source of information for all those interested in conflict
resolution including; cyber-bullying, stalking, discrimination,
abuse of power, bullying or harassment or any other form of anti-social
We are 'your' National Bullying
Helpline / Website.
Christine Pratt CEO & FCIPD,
FCMI and Fellow of the ILM
David Pratt Executive and Co-Founder
Company Accountant and Bookkeeper
and Administrative staff
THE POWER OF A BULLYING HELPLINE
A mother with two children contacted us. Child A and possibly Child
B had been sexually assaulted. Two further children were identified
as potentially at risk. We sought consent from the mother to alert
the authorities. Feedback confirmed our worst fears. Just one call
from a concerned mother means that, today, three or more children
are now safe.
Child C, a Student under 18 years, worked part-time to raise funds
for their study. Child C contacted us claiming he had been physically
assaulted and instantly dismissed by a Supervisor. The conduct of
the Supervisor was addressed by the employer. Child C is now safe.
A teacher, Adult D, was allegedly bullied by her Head teacher so
contacted NBH for advice. The case resulted in an internal investigation,
costly legal proceedings and bad PR for the school and local authority.
To this day the school denies bullying but the aggrieved teacher
subsequently won an employment tribunal case. The school has, since,
reviewed its anti-bullying policies.
A NHS employee, Adult E, was signed off work for months with 'work
related stress'. (Up to 90% of employees who call our Helplines
claim they suffer with stress). NBH advised Adult E of her
statutory rights and encouraged her to follow process. Feeling empowered
and a little more confident the employee faced her demons and an
amicable resolution was reached by the parties. Highly skilled Adult
E continues to work for the NHS today.
NBH received an anonymous email from Child F. All it said was; ‘I
have been raped. My life is over’. The email was traced. Child
F is now safe.
NB: The above
cases are true. Timelines are not detailed and in some cases information
is omitted and/or the age and sex of the target of the bullying
has been changed to protect the identity of individuals. Our duty
of Confidentiality is to our caller.
..said a child, aged 8
Leading Experts in Conflict Resolution
24th April 1952 to 15th January 2006
The work that Tim Field and Christine
Pratt started in the mid-1990’s to combat bullying, spanning
a decade, was intrinsically and explicitly linked. Presently, the
website bullyonline.org, written by Tim Field, is neither hosted
by Christine nor by her HR Consultancy; HR & Diversity Management
Ltd. However, bullyonline.org was hosted and left untouched by Christine
and David Pratt for a period of three years following Tim’s
untimely death in 2006.
Tim’s good work should never
be destroyed nor re-written as it is regarded as somewhat of an
international treasure – attracting interest outside the UK
from Australia, New Zealand, America and other countries. Written
‘simply years ahead of it’s time’ bullyonline.org
has become Tim’s epitaph and will never fail to serve its
original and brilliant purpose. It is presently hosted, and periodically
altered, by a group of unknown individuals who call themselves The
Tim Field Foundation.
During the late 1990’s Christine
and Tim worked on Tim’s website content together. Personnel
articles, statistics and Case Law on bullyonline.org were provided
by Christine between 1996 and 2005. Christine also assisted Tim
with his book Bully In Site, acknowledged by Tim. In August 2003
Tim and Christine established the original Field Foundation (not
to be confused with the present Tim Field Foundation), along with
Susan Little and Meg Clarke. None of the above are members of the
present foundation. In January 2005 Tim became a non-executive Director
of HR & Diversity Management Limited and on 16th January 2005,
delighted at the prospect of formally working closer with Christine,
Tim sent an email to her containing the following statement which
he subsequently placed on his website.
How about this jolly little bio:
Tim Field, Non-Executive Director
Tim is a Non-Executive Director of HR & Diversity Management
and is the founder of the first UK National Helpline for targets
of bullying. He is the creator and webmaster of Bully OnLine at
www.bullyonline.org, the world's largest Internet resource on workplace
bullying and related issues. Tim has been awarded two honorary doctorates
for his pioneering work on identifying and addressing bullying.
He has extensive experience of in-house training and public seminars
for employees, employers and trade unions. He is the author of the
book "Bully in Sight" and has worked as a consultant to
the BBC on a number of programmes highlighting bullying. Tim Field
and Christine Pratt are founder members of The Field Foundation,
a non-profit organisation established to carry on Tim's pioneering
work with the aim of bringing about a bully-free world.
Hope this helps!
Tim’s statement above, along
with all reference to HR & Diversity Management Limited and
the work that Tim and Christine achieved together, has been deleted
At the end of April 2005 Tim informed
Christine that he felt emotionally exhausted. Tim (an avid Treki
) was worried about his future. Having endured divorce and workplace
bullying, he was struggling to fund bullyonline and he was going
through a particularly traumatic court case involving the Trade
Unions. Tim was struggling. Christine emailed Tim on Tuesday 3rd
May 2005 and enquired after his health. He responded.
Bearing up - I think I'm in need
of HRT (technically it's called andropause), so I'm taking a bit
of a break at the moment. Had a great day on Saturday - attended
an Angel Therapy workshop in London led by Doreen Virtue (www.angeltherapy.com).
Fancy a get-together sometime?
All the best,
It goes without saying, Tim and
Christine were extremely close friends. In fact it was Christine
who Tim turned to on Friday 4th October 2005 when he first felt
unwell. The only food Christine could persuade Tim to eat that weekend
was a small bowl of rice and some sweet-n-sour sauce. (Tim and his
wife were estranged at that time). Tim was taken into hospital on
Monday and had emergency surgery on Tuesday. On Wednesday 9th October
2005 Tim’s Consultant approached his bedside and informed
him that he was terminally ill. Christine was present. Tim smiled
and turned to the Consultant saying; “I’m not going
anywhere just yet, I have at least three more books left in me to
write”. Unfortunately, Tim was far too ill to complete his
good work. When Tim was well enough to leave hospital, Christine
and her husband nursed him at their home in Swindon, Wiltshire.
A few weeks later, realising that time was of the essence, Christine
helped Tim reconcile with his ex-wife in order that he could be
transferred to Rowtensall to spend Christmas, New Year 2006 and
his final days with his children. During this period, Tim handed
Christine an envelope containing the passwords to bullyonline. He
entrusted his website into her care. Christine felt it appropriate
to pass that envelope to the Field family, who subsequently passed
it on to a third party. None of this, nor the personal or professional
relationship between Tim, Christine and David, is acknowledged by
those who manage bullyonline today.
In January 2006 The Guardian wrote;
'Field believed that bullying was the single most important social
issue of today, and that its study provided an opportunity to understand
the behaviours which underlie almost all conflict and violence.
His work inspired and influenced international anti-bullying organisations,
while his personal energy, commitment and knowledge restored sanity
and saved lives'.
In April 2007 The National Bullying
Helpline charity was launched at The House of Commons, in Tim’s
memory. Tim’s family fully endorsed the charity launch and
attended the event. Sadly, largely due to the recession and lack
of funding, the helpline call-centre ceased to operate as a charity
in January 2011.
In order to continue the good work
that Tim and Christine started, this website will remain in tact.
It will be updated periodically and over a period of time may even
become known as The National Bullying Helpsite - a not for profit
organisation. Tim's children will always be welcome to look at unpublished
works, letters, emails, post-cards, letters and other correspondence
between their father and Christine and David Pratt. These memories
will give them a 'true insight' into their father’s life;
his interests, his own plans for the future (which included them)
and his dedication and commitment to his anti-bullying work during
the last ten years of his life.
Thank you Tim for sharing your insight
and for providing unconditional support to simply thousands of people
all around the world. Rest In Peace.
To be continued.
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We are not a Charity.
This Helpline was
founded by and is funded by the Directors of HR & Diversity
We are a privately
run, nationally recognised, advice centre.
We rely on donations
and the good work of Volunteers.
We are UK leading
experts in Dispute Resolution.
We refer all who
believe they are bullying and therefore need urgent help, to appropriate
expertise. Some (but not all) of this expertise is FREE.
We allow Dispute
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We provide dispute
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Case and Employment Law.
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We assist schools,
parents and teachers with bullying and cyber-bullying issues.
We provide a whole
host of professional support services addressing anti-social behaviour.
We are abe to refer
complex cases to Employment Law Solicitors.
We refer cases to
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can self-select professional expertise from information you will
find on this website.
We prefer not to
use the term 'victim'.
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understand what your rights are and what options are open to you.
We receive calls
also from individuals who have been accused of bullying. We can
help you too.
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right to be treated with dignity and respect.
Our duty of confidentiality
is to you - our client.
Our processes are open and transparent.
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