4th October 2013

On the 4th October 2013, the Challenging Behaviour National Strategy Group (CB-NSG) held its bi-annual meeting.

This meeting focused on ‘Making a difference locally’.


The meeting began with a talk entitled Real change – without exception from Emma, sister of Ben who lived at Winterbourne View. Maria Saville & Paul McWade (Halton Borough Council) then spoke about their successes in Developing a Local Positive Behavioural Support Service, before Sarah Broadhurst (Institute of Public Care, Oxford Brookes University) spoke about Developing the local market, and  Alicia Wood (Housing and Support Alliance) provided information on Developing a local housing strategy.

To conclude the morning session, Zandrea Stewart & Stephen Taylor (Winterbourne Joint Improvement Programme) and Jacqui Shurlock (Challenging Behaviour Foundation) invited people to input their views and develop action plans in one of three group work sessions. Zandrea’s focused on the Joint Improvement Board: Local Expertise, Stephen’s focused on the Joint Improvement Board: Providers and Jacqui’s focused on a New Department of health funded project: Early Intervention.

The afternoon session opened with an example of Good practice: Salford’s local plan for adults from Dave Williams and Dave Clemmett (Salford Learning Disability Services).Martin Cunnington (Kent and Medway Commissioning Support) and Nick Gore (Tizard Centre University of Kent) then presented on Kent’s local offer for supporting disabled children and young people who display challenging behaviour and their families.

Following this  the Joint Improvement board workshops from the morning session continued , whilst Jim Thomas & Marie Lovell (Skills for Care) invited people to input their views for new guidance on Commissioning workforce development for workers who may need to carry out physical intervention.

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

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