Why this project is needed
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.
There is strong evidence that some of the key factors causing challenging behaviour can be changed, and when changed can lead to marked reductions in challenging behaviour.Professor Eric Emerson (Professor of Disability Population Health at the Centre for Disability Research and Policy)
It is important to understand the terms learning disability and challenging behaviour. Find out more..
Evidence based interventions, delivered locally, can reduce behavioural problems and improve the well-being of children and their families. But early intervention is far from a reality.
The work of the project has been independently evaluated in its second and third years. You can read any of the evaluation reports below:
- End of Year 2: Evaluation – “key decisions and commitments may not have been made without the work of the EIP”
- End of Year 3: Final Evaluation – ” the project filled a considerable gap by providing new learning on the needs of children with learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges”
What is a learning disability? What is challenging behaviour?
A child or young person with a learning disability will find it harder than other children to understand, learn and remember new things.Read more
What is the aim of the project?
The Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF) and the Council for Disabled Children (CDC) want to see better outcomes and a better quality of life for children with learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges.Read more
Who is involved?
“Paving the Way” also known as The Early Intervention Project was funded by the Department of Health through the Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development Fund from 2013-16.Read more
What has the project achieved?
The project was designed to be continually evaluated by an independent evaluator to ensure that it is getting the best possible outcomes, which will result in better support for individuals with learning disabilities and their families.Read more