The CBF and the CDC announce the launch of ‘Paving the Way’

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF) and the Council for Disabled Children (CDC) are today announcing the launch of a website called ‘Paving the Way.’ The website aims to provide families, professionals, staff, and commissioners with information about how to reduce challenging behaviour and to improve the wellbeing of children with learning disabilities.

This website is a result of the Early Intervention Project – a joint project, now in its third year, between the CBF and the CDC. The project has centred on helping families who are raising children with learning disabilities whose behaviour may be described as challenging to get the right information and support early on. The ‘Paving the Way’ website aims to collate all the information and resources that the project has generated in one easy-to-navigate site.

Resources on the website include stories about what families have found helpful, case studies and examples of good practice to inspire commissioners and professionals to develop better services, as well as other tools, information, and resources. The site also contains a blog which we will be updating regularly with new project information, new resources, and developments on a national level around early intervention.

Today also sees the launch of a set of resources for family carers on Positive Behaviour Support (PBS), developed in partnership with the PBS Academy. PBS is the best evidenced method of supporting people with learning disabilities whose behaviours are described as challenging, yet families carers are not always given information about PBS and are very rarely offered training.  This resource aims to equip family carers with some of the information and tools they may need and to signpost to further support.


Viv Cooper, CEO of the Challenging Behaviour Foundation, said

“A great deal is now known about how to support children with learning disabilities who display behaviours described as challenging, but it still does not happen for everyone, everywhere.  There are pockets of good practice, but few and far between – this needs to change.  We hope people will use this website to learn from evidence, best practice and the experience of families and take this opportunity to improve children’s lives.”


Christine Lenehan, Director of the Council for Disabled Children, said

“The last few years have seen significant changes in legislation and policy, including the introduction of the Children and Families Act 2014, the Future in Mind reforms to children’s mental health services and the Transforming Care programme led by NHS England.  The real test of these reforms will be whether they make a difference to the lives of the most vulnerable groups, including children with learning disabilities whose behaviours are described as challenging.”


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