Founded by Viv Cooper, parent of of a son with severe learning disabilities, the Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF) exists to demonstrate that individuals with severe learning disabilities who are described as having challenging behaviour can enjoy normal life opportunities when their behaviour is properly understood and they receive appropriate individualised support.
The CBF supports families, professionals and other stakeholders through education, information, research and partnership working and works strategically to influence national policy and practice on behalf of individuals who challenge and their families.
- To provide information, support and workshops for family carers and professionals caring for individuals with severe learning disabilities and challenging behaviour
- To demonstrate how local service provision for individuals with severe learning disabilities and challenging behaviour can be improved, and to actively facilitate such provision on a national basis
- To highlight the needs of those with challenging behaviour and to influence policy on their behalf
- To promote research into challenging behaviour associated with severe learning disabilities and to disseminate the results of such research so that practical benefits are gained
The CBF believes:
- That more can be achieved by working in partnership than by working alone, and that the CBF can facilitate and initiate partnerships between the various stakeholders in the area of learning disability and challenging behaviour.
- That existing knowledge and information should be shared and proactively disseminated to those who could benefit from it
- That families should not have to pay for the information and support they need
- That parents should be treated as equal partners by professionals, commissioners and local authorities
- That in all our work we should strive for the highest standards and excellence