About the CBF

viv-pic-for-website.pngThe Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF) was founded in 1997 by Vivien Cooper OBE, the parent of a child with severe learning disabilities whose behaviour is described as challenging.

We are the only charity focussed specifically on children, young people and adults with severe learning disabilities whose behaviour is described as challenging.

We are making a difference to the lives of children, young people and adults across the UK by providing information and support, running workshops and speaking up for families on a national level.

You can read Vivien's story here.

Why we’re here

Our vision is for all people with severe learning disabilities who display challenging behaviour to have the same life opportunities as everyone else and, with the right support, to live full and active lives in their community.

Our mission is to improve understanding of challenging behaviour, empower families with information and support, and help others to provide better services and more opportunities to people with severe learning disabilities who display behaviours that challenge.

We know there are at least 30,000 families in the UK supporting someone with a severe learning disability whose behaviour can challenge. 

What we do


We provide practical information for families and professionals about understanding and supporting children and adults whose behaviour challenges.


Our Family Support Worker can offer individual support and information over the phone and by email. We also offer a family linking scheme and email networks for family carers and for professionals.


We offer workshops to families and professionals led by a professional trainer and a family carer trainer jointly. Our workshops have been found to reduce challenging behaviour and have positive outcomes for families and professionals who attend.

Driving Change

We listen to the experiences of families and use these to highlight the needs of individuals whose behaviour challenges and their families. We set up and now chair the Challenging Behaviour National Strategy Group working to promote high quality support for people whose behaviour challenges.

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