11th March 2016

11th March 2016

On the 11th March 2016, the Challenging Behaviour National Strategy Group (CB-NSG) held its bi-annual meeting.


The theme of the meeting was ‘Early Intervention and Prevention for Children, Young People and Adults’. This meeting featured workshops, speakers and a poster exhibition from a variety of professionals and family carers. We also showcased learning from the Early Intervention Project run jointly by the Challenging Behaviour Foundation and the Council for Disabled Children.


The meeting began with the voices of children and young people through videos that were produced by the Early Intervention Project. Calum’s poem about his experiences of restraint at school and Tianze’s poem about being an in-patient in an assessment and treatment unit are unique ways of seeing the impact that inappropriate care and support can have on the lives of children with learning disabilities. The “What children and young people like doing” video gave children and young people the chance to tell us how they can be supported to achieve their goals. These videos will available to watch on the Early Intervention Project website, in the coming months.


Sally Seeley, Director of Quality and Personalisation at Nottingham City CCG, spoke about the challenges of implementing the Transforming Care Programme as a Fast Track Area. Peter McGill, Co-Director and Professor of Clinical Psychology of Learning Disability at the Tizard Centre, spoke on the “Whole system” preventative approach. He outlined the importance of cohesive working and outcomes of recent research on system-wide work in social care settings. CB-NSG members asked the following questions.


 After a short break attendees chose to attend one of three workshops:


1. Dynamic Risk and Transforming Care


Nick Gore (Tizard Centre) and Helen Toker-Lester (Local Government Association) gave an overview of the Dynamic Risk register within the framework of the Transforming Care Programme. Attendees then identified risk factors that increase the likelihood of a person being admitted to an Assessment and Treatment Unit and discussed potential barriers to the Dynamic Register being successful in preventing those admissions. Click here to view the outcomes of the workshop.


2. Behaviour management and support: Reducing restrictive practices


Andrew Fellowes (Council for Disabled Children) and Katy Lindfield (Department of Health) workshop on Reducing Restrictive Practices explored the context, purpose and process for developing the new guidance and gave participants the opportunity to feed into the guidance through discussion on core values and principles, successful behavioural support policies and strategies, and effective approaches to behavioural support. Click here to view the outcomes of the workshop.


3. Paving the way: Learning from the Early Intervention Project

This workshop was repeated in the morning and afternoon. Jacqui Shurlock (Early Intervention Project) shared the findings from the national Early Intervention Project. Dawn Rooke (Carers Gloucestershire) and Denise Kelleher (Gloucestershire County Council) gave details of family support and PBS for families of children in Gloucestershire. The group then explored ways to replicate good practice in other areas. Click here to view the outcomes of the workshop.

During Lunch the attendees heard examples of good practice through poster presentations. 9 posters were featured at this meeting, for more information about the posters and to view copies of what was presented see here

Anne Longfield (The Children’s Commissioner for England) spoke via pre-recorded video link on ‘The role of the children’s commissioner’. Attendees were informed of a recent visit made by the Children’s Commissioner to a child in an ATU and the potential for other work to take place around this group of children. 


CB-NSG Members were then given another opportunity to attend one of the three workshops outlined below:


4. Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) training: Learning from the Gloucester Project


Chaired by Peter Baker (Tizard Centre) and facilitated by Emily Williams (Gloucestershire County Council this workshop began to establish good practice in PBS training with examples from Gloucester County Council. The group discussed key objectives and standards in relation to training families, carers & direct support workers in PBS. Click here to view the outcomes of the workshop.


5. Inclusive communities: Halton Speaks Out


Mal Hampson (Halton Speaks Out) shared with delegates work in Halton that has enabled young people to build a more inclusive community. The workshop explored how the work of young people can challenge and enable communities to become more inclusiveand how working in partnerships with others can affect change. Click here to view the outcomes of the workshop.


6. Paving the way: Learning from the Early Intervention Project

See above for details.


Ray James (Association of Directors of Adult Social Services) spoke about “The role of LA’s as key partners in delivering the early intervention and prevention agenda”. Closing comments came from Mary Busk who shared her family’s experiences of trying to find the right support for her son Alex. Mary highlighted that there is still a long way to go to get the information, early intervention and community provisions that families and individuals desperately need. 


Written updates were provided by the steering group on progress made since the last CB-NSG meeting.


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