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Positive Behavioural Support - Information for Providers

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Practice Leadership

Practice Leadership was first suggested as an important factor determining the quality of support for people with learning disabilities by Mansell, Hughes and McGill (1994). Its importance was highlighted to us in 2005 as part of our ongoing development of Active Support (Beadle-Brown & Ashman, 2006), since then we have been developing and refining ways to ensure frontline managers are skilled and confident Practice Leaders. (Practice Guide)

Aids for Providers

Using PBS to have a Good Life Supporter's Guide Icon for pdf Using PBS to have a Good Life Supporter's Guide [1.31MB]

Make a Difference: Support Valued Experiences Colouring Book Icon for pdf Make a Difference Colouring Book [715.9KB]

UK PBS Alliance easy read poster Icon for pdf UK PBS Alliance poster [111.93KB]

My Communication Passport - for your service users Icon for powerpoint My Communication Passport [469.84KB]


Care Quality Commission (CQC)

A brief guide to positive behavioural support for people with behaviours that challenge Icon for pdf CQC Brief Guide to PBS [117.69KB]


Skills for Care

Skills for Care helps create a well-led, skilled and valued adult social care workforce.

We are a trusted independent charity with over 18 years' experience in workforce development, working as a delivery partner for the Department of Health and Social Care. We also work closely with related services such as health and housing and are the membership organisation for registered managers.

Our practical support helps leaders and managers recruit, develop and lead their staff, retaining them from entry level right through to senior leadership and management roles.

A Positive and Proactive Workforce (2014 Policy) 

Links to content related to behaviours of concern, PBS, restrictive intervention and training 


Restrictive Practice/Restraint Reduction 

The Restraint Reduction NetworkTM (RRN) is an independent network which brings together committed organisations providing education, health and social care services for people who may challenge. The network has an ambitious mission to reduce reliance on restrictive practices and make a real difference in the lives of people who use across education, health and social care services.

Reducing Restrictive Practice Checklist - (Toolkit)


Association for Real Change (ARC)

ARC (Association for Real Change) supports service providers across the whole of the UK to promote the independence, inclusion, individuality and well-being of people with learning disabilities. This is through learning disability training, consultancy services, QCF qualifications, projects, publications, disclosure service and our information service.


United Response: Behaviour Support Plans

At United Response, we believe that all behaviour is a form of communication that can tell us important things about the quality of a person's life. 

We believe that the people we support have the right to have their behaviour recognised and responded to in a respectful, positive, person centred and professional manner - no matter how challenging it may be.

Positive Behaviour Support involves altering situations and events that people experience in order to increase their quality of life and reduce the likelihood that challenging behaviours will occur. It is an approach that blends the rights of people with disabilities with constructive behavioural approaches.

It enables support workers to understand when and why certain behaviours are likely and changes their context, as well as building the capacity and skills of the individual in question and those supporting them.

This 16-page guide to Ppositive Behaviour Support covers the definition of challenging behaviours and their triggers; identification of proactive and reactive support strategies; and plan implementation, monitoring and review.


NHS Links:

Understanding Autism e-learning course

Devon Transforming Care in partnership with Devon Partnership Trust have developed this free e-learning on Understanding Autism. The course has been prepared by staff from the local specialist team for autism in collaboration with people who have autism. It aims to provide an awareness and understanding of what autism is, how it is experienced by individuals and by those who support them. The course should take approximately 30 minutes to complete.


Autism toolkit: signposting for professionals

Developed in Devon, the autism toolkit provides links to a range of useful resources for professionals.

Tier 2 signposting toolkit resources


Health and Care Videos

Plymouth City Council now has access to a large collection of health-related videos created by medical professionals. Organisations normally have to pay to access these, but we have managed to gain free access.





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