12th March 2014

On the 12th March 2014, the Challenging Behaviour National Strategy Group (CB-NSG) held its bi-annual meeting.

The theme of the meeting was ‘Children First’.

CB-NSG-Meeting-12th-March-2014.JPGThe meeting began with a talk entitled ‘A family carer perspective of early intervention’ from Lanre, mother of Kinton a 10 year old boy who has severe learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges who identified key actions that professionals can take to improve support for other families. Amanda Allard (Council for Disabled Children) and Dominic Slowie (NHS England) then spoke about ‘Ensuring Quality Services - Core principles’, which can be viewed here. This new publication for commissioners identifies Positive Behaviour Support as the key multi-component framework for delivering a range of evidence based supports to increase quality of life and reduce the occurrence, severity or impact of behaviours that challenge.

Next Ann Gross (Department for Education) discussed ‘Opportunities to get it right for children with learning disabilities who display challenging behaviour’ when she spoke about the Special Educational Needs and Disability reforms in the Children and Families Bill which will take effect in September 2014. Finally Rosey Singh & Corinne Davies (Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust) shared their experiences of setting up and running ‘The Sussex Family Intensive Support Service – outcomes and practice examples’.

Workshops throughout the day invited people to input their views and develop action plans in group work sessions:

Jacqui Shurlock & Demelza Young (Challenging Behaviour Foundation) updated participants on year 1 of the Early Intervention Project, including key messages gathered from family carers and professionals. Participants were asked to consider key areas of change for the system, and provide input to the development of an action plan to influence work in years 2 and 3 of the Early Intervention project.

  • 2013 Learning Disability Census and CQC themed inspection of transitional care arrangements for children and young people with long term conditions – What does this tell us? What action is needed? 

Alan Rosenbach (CQC) & Gyles Glover (Institute of Public Health) presented findings from the 2013 Learning Disability Census & CQC themed inspection of transitional care arrangements for children and young people with long term conditions. They then invited participants to discuss what this information tells us and to provide suggestions about what action is needed.

Louise Denne (Positive Behaviour Solutions) presented information and asked participants to input their views on the different skills required of consultants, specialists, supervisors/managers and front line staff when developing a competent workforce. The workshop explored the challenges of putting into practice some of the recommendations proposed in the International Journal of Positive Behavioural Support Special Edition on PBS and the implications for PBS in the UK. Participants were invited to contribute to the on-going development of these recommendations though a work-based exercise which drew upon their own experiences as professionals and carers. 


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