Research Projects

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation supports research benefitting children and adults with severe learning disabilities whose behaviour is described as challenging. We do this by contributing to steering groups, helping with dissemination and supporting the involvement of a family carer perspective.

With our networks and connections to over five thousand families of people with a learning disability, we are able to offer prospective research projects assistance in involving family carers. Family carers not only provide a valuable and unique perspective on your research topic but they can also be a great help in many other ways including making the language and content of information provided more appropriate and accessible; helping to ensure the method proposed for the study is acceptable and sensitive to the situations of potential research participants. At the Challenging Behaviour Foundation we want to use our strengths in partnership working with families to benefit your research.

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As part of our commitment to partnership working we are supporting a number of research projects which all aim to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities and behaviour described as challenging. Research projects we are currently supporting include: 

Who's Challenging Who? - University of Warwick

The research aims to improve the quality of support for adults with learning disabilities who display challenging behaviour by enhancing staff’s understanding of the perspective and experiences of those who have been labelled as challenging. Training has been developed which is delivered by a

trainer with a learning disability and a co-trainer who does not have a learning disability. The study will evaluate the effectiveness of the training with 120 residential support services who are being recruited to take part in the training. To find out more click here 

The project is led by Professor Richard Hastings  

Increasing the Quality of Health Service Support for Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - Tizard Centre, University of Kent

The study links 5 pieces of research together all aiming at achieving good support for children with behaviours that challenge.

This research is led by Dr Nick Gore 

Family based support to build capability and resilience in family carers of adults with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour - Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust 

This research aims to understand the impact of caring for someone with learning disability and challenging behaviour and investigate how families build resilience. The project will focus on the impact of Positive Behaviour Support with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as a key part of building resilience for families.

This project is led by Steve Noone 

Transition from residential school to adult social care – Tizard Centre, Kent University

This research will look at where individuals who have transitioned from residential schools are placed. The research will involve young people with learning disabilities who have transitioned to adult services, family carers, commissioners and residential school staff. The research aims to seek out why some young people with learning disabilities are placed in-or-out-of-area placement following transition from a residential school

This project is led by Professor Peter McGill


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