Resources for Commissioners
The following resources have been developed in collaboration with the Challenging Behaviour – National Strategy Group:
Two new resources for commissioners are now available:
“Services for children and young people with learning disabilities who display challenging behavior- Well matched & skilled staff,” produced by Dr Sarah Bernard and “Services for adults with learning disabilities who display challenging behaviour- Well matched & skilled staff,” produced by Dr Peter Baker.
Dr Bernard explains “Service provision must be directed by the needs of the individual and there should not be an expectation that these children and young people can be fitted into existing services if such services do not address the complexities of their needs. The distress and trauma which can be experienced if someone is placed in an inappropriate and poorly monitored setting is all too evident with the recent exposure of abuse and poor practice. Such situations can and must be prevented. With this in mind, those commissioning often expensive placements must be able to access evidence based information which can demonstrate what a good service should offer.”
A limited number of hard copies are available on request.
The revised Mansell report identified a number of continuing problems faced by people with learning disabilities whose behaviour presents a challenge including breakdown of community placements, increased use of out-of-area placements and the persistence of poor quality institutional solutions.
Valuing People Now identifies the need to include everyone particularly people with complex needs. As part of the Valuing People Now delivery plan “Developing Better Commissioning for individuals with behaviour that challenging services – a scoping exercise” has been published by the Tizard Centre, University of Kent and The Challenging Behaviour Foundation.
The research identifies key findings from interviews conducted with commissioners and family carers and makes a number of recommendations.
Full report: Developing better commissioning for individuals with behaviour that challenges – a scoping exercise. Peter McGill, Vivien Cooper & Gemma Honeyman (2010)
Summary report: Developing better commissioning for individuals with behaviour that challenges – a scoping exercise. Peter McGill, Vivien Cooper & Gemma Honeyman (2010)