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Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Resource for Family Carers

posted on 06/11/19

The primary aim of PBS is to improve the quality of life for people with learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges, and that of the people around them. This includes children, young people, adults as well as older people.
PBS provides support for a person, their family and friends to help people lead a meaningful life and learn new skills without unnecessary and harmful restrictions. It is not simply about getting rid of challenging behaviour, but with the right support at the right time the likelihood of behaviour that challenges is reduced.

The PBS resource includes:
1. What is Positive Behavioural Support?
2. What should Positive Behavioural Support look like?
3. Questions to ask to check whether Positive Behavioural Support is being used well
4. Family carers using Positive Behavioural Support
5. Practical tools

A PBS plan can change everyday life by:
• including proactive strategies to prevent challenging behaviour from happening,
• strategies to teach new skills to make the challenging behaviour less likely, and
• reactive strategies that minimise restriction if it does occur.

PBS is not a quick fix; the aim is to actively support people over the long-term and to monitor and maintain their quality of life. Making a behavioural support plan is a crucial step in delivering effective Positive Behavioural Support. In the updated resource you can find out about the key components of a behavioural support plan and how it can be used.

You can find and download the PBS resource here.

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