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Positive Behavioural Support - Information for Families and Carers

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Plymouth-based Support

Family Support Project: 

Training and consultancy for parents and family members. View the The Family Support Project website.

When a family member is in distress it can be very difficult to provide the ongoing positive relationships required to support the individual and the rest of the family. The Family Support Project is a social enterprise that provides bespoke workshops for small groups of family participants. Rather than following a set syllabus, we work with individual needs raised by the group.

Family members are taught practical and, when needed, physical solutions. Participants are supported to develop emotional resilience at times of stress. Family Support Project workshops are underpinned by specifically designed techniques to assist participants to develop positive relationships with family members in distress. 

Whilst bespoke to each individual group of participants, workshops typically include sessions on understanding distress, Positive Behaviour Support, acceptance and resilience, de-escalation,  legal considerations, disengagement (breakaway) techniques, airway protection, biting, being hit and kicked and self injurious behaviours. 


Friends and Families of Special Children Ltd 

Friends and Families are a non-profit organization unique to Plymouth, providing information, support and services for families with disabled children, many of whom describe us as a life saver. Our services give families opportunities to network and create bespoke training and educational environments. We offer individual family support and give advice on relevant issues. We run social and leisure events allowing "time out to have fun" away from the stresses and punishing regime of caring. This allows a vital 'recharge of batteries', relieving isolation and time for young carers to have fun. Integrated activities enable children with disabilities opportunities to experience a huge diversity of sports, arts, crafts and music not elsewhere available to them or their families.

Our group is friendly, informal and supportive. We encourage everybody to share their valuable information and experiences. We do not have an emphasis on any specific condition or disability but suggest that, regardless of the type of additional need, each family experiences similar concerns.


Plymouth Information, Support and Advice for SEND 

Plymouth Information, Advice and Support for SEND (PIAS) provides information, advice and support relating to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) for parents, carers, children and young people within the Plymouth Local Authority area.

Professionals can nominate or parents can self-refer. Referrals to PIAS for the following courses can be made on this page on our website:

Parenting Programmes

  •  Incredible Years Baby
  •  Incredible Years Toddler
  •  Incredible Years Basic (pre-school - aged 3-6)
  •  Incredible Years Autistic Spectrum and Language Delays
  • Incredible Years School Age
  •  Strengthening Families

You can also email  or telephone 01752 258933 if you have any queries about parenting courses. Icon for pdf PIAS Parenting Programmes [135.82KB]


Plymouth Parent Carer Voice 

The Plymouth Parent Carer Voice (PPCV) brings together parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Plymouth. 

PPCV is Plymouth's official parent carer forum. We are a group of volunteer parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Together we work in partnership with our local authority, to help shape and improve the range of services in education, health and social care for families in the Plymouth area.

Parent Carer Forums like PPCV are run by volunteers and funded with a grant from the Department for Education (DfE). We receive this and other forms of support from 'Contact', who work in partnership with the DfE. We are a member of the National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) from whom we receive regular guidance and support



Caring for Carers - Improving Lives Plymouth 

Caring for Carers is a partnership between Improving Lives Plymouth and Age UK Plymouth.

How we can help

  • Information and Advice 
  • Drop-in/Support Groups
  • Leisure and Social Activities 
  • Workshops/Training
  • Carers Card Discounts
  • Regular Newsletters

Carer's Assessment

A carer is someone who gives regular care and support to someone else and isn't paid for it. If you're an unpaid carer, you can have a carer's assessment, which looks at the support you need to look after someone else.

You can have a carer's assessment even if the person you look after doesn't want to have their own needs assessment or isn't eligible for help from Plymouth City Council. The person you care for needs to live in Plymouth - if they don't get in touch with the council where they live. click on this Carers' Assessments link for more information.


Single Parents: Plymouth Parent Partnership 

Plymouth Parent Partnership is a team of paid staff and trained volunteers who offer impartial and accurate information and support to parents, carers and staff in other agencies. 

They provide a universal support service for all parents and carers. This includes a specialised service to parents and carers of children with additional or special needs and disabilities.

What they do:

  • Provide confidential support and information
  • Help you to make contact with other services, including interpreters
  • Provide a Parent Support Coordinator to support you at meetings
  • Help with reports, letters and other paperwork
  • Offer Training courses for parents and professionals
  • Help with support and meeting facilities for parent groups
  • Help you to seek your child's views about their education


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