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Some books available are:

  • Individual Positive Behaviour Supports: A standards-based guide to practices in school and community settings: Author - Fredda Brown / Jacki L Anderson
  • Positive Behaviour Support Plan Templates: Fill in the blanks:AuthorAlexander Van Dorn
  • Challenging Behaviour , A Handbook: Practical Resource Addressing Ways of Providing Positive Behavioural Support to People with Learning Disabilities Whose Behaviour is Described as Challenging: AuthorsSteve Hardy / Theresa Joyce
  • Handbook of positive behaviour support (issues in clinical child psychology): AuthorsWayne Sailor / Glen Dunlap
  • A positive behaviour pocket guide:AuthorTravis Barker
  • Positive Behaviour Supports for Adults with Disabilities in Employment, Community, and Residential Settings: Practical Strategies That Work: AuthorKeith Storey
  • Building positive behaviour support systems in schools: functional behavioural assessment: AuthorsDeanne A Crone, Leaned S Haw ken
  • Behaviour management: principles and practices of positive behaviour support (What's new in foundations/intro to teaching):AuthorsJohn Wheeler, David Dean Riley
  • Unbroken - Learning to Live Beyond Diagnosis: Author - Alexis Quinn
  • Get Steven Home  Author - Mark Neary


My Communication Passport:

A communication passport is a way of supporting a vulnerable person with communication difficulties across transitions, drawing together complex information (including the person's own views, as much as possible) and distilling it into a clear, positive and easy read format.

Icon for powerpoint My Communication Passport [469.84KB]


Easy Read Dictionary - definition of words

Icon for pdf Easy Read Dictionary [10.22MB]


Family survival guide - crisis prevention

click here to see Rightful Lives: An online exhibition to explore the human rights of people with autism and learning disabilities.


Care and Treatment Reviews for Families

click here to read A Family Survival Guide by Bringing Us


Family Carers

A new resource on medication for family carers (CBF) - click here to read on the Challenging Behaviour Foundation website


Paving the Way

We want to pave the way to an ordinary life for children with extraordinary needs. We believe that understanding the cause of challenging behaviours is the first step on that path.

"Paving the Way" is a joint project from the Challenging Behaviour Foundation and the Council for Disabled Children - working in partnership with families and professionals to share and promote good practice. There are around 41,500 children in England with learning disabilities who display behaviours that challenge. A smaller number have severe learning disabilities. Children with learning disabilities, particularly severe learning disabilities, are much more likely to develop behaviours that challenge than other children.

It is important to understand the terms learning disability and challenging behaviour. Find out more.

Click here to reach our website page Positive Behavioural Support Resource for Family Carers


Challenging Behaviour: A Unified Approach

Clinical and service guidelines for supporting children, young people and adults with intellectual disabilities who are at risk of receiving abusive or restrictive practices.

Created by the Learning Disabilities professional Senate, Challenging Behaviour: A Unified Approach (June 2007) is a well received and widely cited document that brought together clinical perspectives on best practice in providing a coordinated and coherent approach to the support of people who present behavioural challenges. It is regarded by professionals and family members as still being relevant and therefore has not been rewritten.

Click here to read this practice guidance.


TV clips

From the Challenging Behaviour Foundation's Facebook page, watch this BBC Breakfast clip for a piece on restrictive intervention of children with learning disabilities



The King's Fund's  "Home care in England: views from commissioners and providers": click here to read about new approaches.

Accessing health care in acute hospitals:

University of Hertfordshire's Intellectual Disability and Health page: Refocusing: what you see isn't all there is - getting healthcare right in hospitals for autistic and learning disabled people. Click here to access.

Fundamentals of communication from Dave Hewett's post: click here to read 'Intensive Interaction and Positive Behaviour Support'.


Evaluation of Building the Right Support (BTRS)

NHS England, the Local Government Association and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services have a shared goal to transform care and support for people with a learning disability, autism or both. In October 2015, they published 'Building the Right Support'. This set out a plan for investing in high-quality, community-based support. The aims of Building the Right Support were to: improve quality of life; increase care and support in the community; and reduce reliance on outmoded inpatient models of care. To achieve this, 48 'Transforming Care Partnerships' were set up across England, bringing together health and social care services alongside related local partners.

In December 2016, NHS England and its partners commissioned a three-year evaluation to look at what is working well, what is not, and how therefore practice might be improved. The evaluation will end in July 2019 and is being undertaken by the Strategy Unit, ICF, the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD), and the Health Services Management Centre at the University of Birmingham. The evaluation team has gathered evidence from: a national survey of Transforming Care Partnerships; ten detailed case studies of Transforming Care Partnerships; and two rounds of interviews with national and regional stakeholders. The team has also worked with people, families and other experts to guide the approach and interpretation of findings.

Click here to read the short report that presents high-level findings and recommendations from the evaluation to date. 


PBS Competence Framework

click here for the framework link



Minded: There are free courses in Learning Disabilities, Mental Health and 'Challenging Behaviour'. This is hosted by the NHS Health Education England and other renowned agencies. 

Click here to access the MindEd eLearning courses "LD Challenging Behaviour: Introduction" which explains what we mean by 'challenging behaviour' and gives some reasons as to why challenging behaviours occur.

Also available are "LD Challenging Behaviour: Assessment and Formulation" and "LD Challenging Behaviour: Interventions". Click here for access. 



Institute for Applied Behaviour Analysis (IABA): click here to access IABA's page for Assessment and Analysis of Severe and Challenging Behaviour: an online training practicum


PBS Alliance: PBS Alliance Logo

We are pleased to announce that the Webinar is now available to view online - It can be found here. If you would like to view the PowerPoint slides, you can also download them here.

Save the date! The next webinar will be on Wednesday 4 December. We will send out more information about this webinar and a link to registration soon. Thank you for your interest in the PBS Alliance webinar series and we hope you enjoy the next one!

Autism links:

NHS Devon CCG website has links to the autism pages that the TCP have set up - this has PBS e-learning and video clips on there.

Understanding Autism e-learning course: Devon Transforming Care in partnership with Devon Partnership Trust have developed this course which 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.



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