Behaviour Support Teams

Behaviour support teams are set up to support individuals with learning disabilities and their families. They may differ in terms of the services they offer; some may offer assessments for diagnosis or provide different strategies to support individuals with their behaviour. These teams can be made up of a variety of professionals including psychologists, speech and language therapists or medical professionals.

Teams in England


Behaviour Support Team

  • Age: All age groups
  • Location: England
  • Eligibility: Individual will have a primary diagnosis of learning disability or autism spectrum condition.
  • Referral system: Contact Nick Barratt, Head of Behaviour Support
  • Contact: or 07554 115 822

South East

West Sussex County Council

Community Learning Disability Team - Challenging Behaviour (CLDT-CB):

  • Age: 18 years + but also works with young people in transition
  • Location: Based in Horsham but work with service-users living across West Sussex. Also works with people funded by West Sussex but living out of county, for example in reviewing placements.
  • Eligibility: Must come under funding responsibility of West Sussex County Council. Must have a diagnosis of Learning Disability and engage in significantly impactful challenging behaviour
  • Referral system: Via Community Learning Disability Teams
  • Contact: 033022 23666 or (team manager) or (duty desk)

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Community teams for people who have a learning disability (CTPLD):

  • Age: 18 years +
  • Location: Cover the whole of Surrey. There are individual CTPLD teams based in NW, SW, Mid and East Surrey
  • Eligibility: IQ of 70 or below, linked with impairment in social functioning. Also need to be registered with a GP in their local area
  • Referral system: Open referral system – including self-referral, referral from friends, families or GP
  • Contact:

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust

Positive Behaviour, Autism, Learning Disability and Mental Health Service

  • Age: 0-19 years
  • Location: Country-wide Hertfordshire
  • Eligibility: Diagnosis of Autism or Global Learning Disability
  • Referral system: referral from a professional working with the family
  • Contact: or 01727 891 151


Central and North-West London NHS Foundation Trust

Behavioural Support Service:

  • Age: 18 years +
  • Location: Brent/Harrow borough in London
  • Eligibility: Must have a diagnosed learning disability with challenging behaviour
  • Referral system: Referrals can be made from any source directly to the local Community Health Team or via the respective local authorities
  • Contact: 020 8238 0900 Audrey Mibhniewicz (Community Services Manager)

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

Camden Learning Disabilities Service:

  • Age: 16 years +
  • Location: Camden borough
  • Eligibility: Must have a diagnosed learning disability
  • Referral system: Open-referral system – including self-referral, referral from friends, families or GP
  • Contact: 0207 9743 737

South West

Westbourne Unit, Plymouth Community Healthcare

Community Learning Disabilities Team:

  • Age: Adults, beginning with those in transition (around 17/18 years old)
  • Location: Plymouth only
  • Eligibility: No criteria for disability – dependent on referrals
  • Referral system: A referral unit is in place to allocate peple to appropriate team. Referrals to this unit based on an open referral system – including self-referral, referrals from friends, families or GP
  • Contact: 0845 155 8077

Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust

Intensive Support Team:

  • Age: 18+ years
  • Location: Cornwall (county-wide)
  • Eligibility: Must have a learning disability. (However, if no diagnosed learning disability, may be able to arrange assessments for diagnosis). Helps individuals with challenging behaviour
  • Referral system: Anybody can refer – but referrals must go through Community Learning Disability Teams first
  • Contact: 01872 221 555
  • Contact for referral: East of country - 0120 883 4455, West of country - 0120 921 925

West Midlands

Black Country Partnership Foundation Trust, Walsall

Behaviour Support Team

  • Age: 18 years +
  • Location: Walsall
  • Eligibility: Will have a learning disability and display behaviour that others consider challenging
  • Referral system: Referrals can be made by carers, family members, or support services e.g. psychiatrists or community learning disability services
  • Contact: 01922 658800 or or

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust

Worcestershire Behavioural Team

  • Age: Adults only
  • Location: Worcestershire
  • Eligibility: Will have a learning disability and display challenging behaviour
  • Referral system: An open referral system
  • Contact: 01527 556 142

East Midlands

Derby Hospital, NHS Trust

Complex Behaviour Service

  • Age: Up to 18 years (but don’t normally see very young children)
  • Location: Derby
  • Eligibility: Diagnosed learning disability and behaviour that is difficult to manage. May also have an additional diagnosis of ASD or ADHD
  • Referral system: Referrals need to be made by a professional e.g. paediatrician, child psychologist, clinical psychologist or specialist nurse
  • Contact: 01332 254 700

Leicestershire Partnership Trust

Learning Disability Outreach Team

  • Age: 18 years +
  • Location: Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland
  • Eligibility: Individual with a diagnosed learning disability and severe challenging behaviour that poses an ongoing risk to self/others.
  • Referral system: Open referral – can be made by anyone
  • Contact: or

Yorkshire & Humber

North Lincolnshire Council

Intensive Support Team for Complex/Behavioural Needs / Learning Disability Team:

  • Age: Primarily adults, however their work is focused on a ‘Prevention’ model (starting early). If referred from psychologists, they may work with 14 years +
  • Location: Whole of North Lincolnshire
  • Eligibility: Focuses on assessment and intervention with individuals with a learning disability (not learning ‘difficulties’)
  • Referral system: Referral from families is possible, however referral normally comes from GPs or other professionals
  • Contact: 01724 298 222

Leeds Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Severe Challenging Behaviour Service:

  • Age: 18 +
  • Location: Leeds
  • Eligibility: Individuals must have a learning disability, and their behaviour may have caused harm to others. This team doesn’t provide practical treatments/interventions, it merely advises
  • Referral system: Referrals can be made by families, carers or other professionals, however they must all go through the Community Learning Disability Service first
  • Contact: 0113 305 5163

North East

Tees Esk Wear Valleys Foundation Trust

Children’s Learning Disability Service

  • Age: 0-18 years
  • Location: Stockton and Hartlepool area
  • Eligibility: Individual will have a learning disability of any type or severity
  • Referral system: Open referral system
  • Contact: 01642 929 194

Tees Esk Wear Valleys Foundation Trust

Specialist Health Team

  • Age: 18 years +
  • Location: Durham City and Darlington borough
  • Eligibility: Individual will have a moderate to severe learning disability. They may also display severe challenging with risks to physical safety
  • Referral system: Don’t operate on an open referral system. Clients would need to be referred via the local authority or learning disability nurses or a psychiatrist
  • Contact: 03000 269 962

North West

Halton Borough Council

Positive Behaviour Support Service

  • Age: All age groups
  • Location: Based in Halton borough, however also support neighbouring authorities Knowsley, Cheshire East and Sefton
  • Eligibility: For core services, individual will have a moderate to severe learning disability (and/or Autism) as well as display some challenging behaviour
  • Referral system: No self-referral. Referral needs to be made by a professional eg. a social worker
  • Contact:

Teams in Northern Ireland

NHS Trust (South East Northern Ireland)

Behaviour Support Service

  • Age: From the age a learning disability is diagnosed
  • Location: Covers 3 centres in Downpatrick, Lisburn and Bangor
  • Eligibility: Individual will display behaviour described as severely challenging and have a learning disability (IQ below 70, significant impairment in adaptive behaviours evidenced before 18th birthday). They also need to be a resident of the South Eastern Trust area
  • Referral system: Initial referral from Consultant Psychiatrist, GP or member of Community Learning Disability Team. Re-referral can be self-referral.
  • Contact: 0284 4616 915 or

Teams in Scotland


Richmond Fellowship Scotland Service

Positive Behaviour Support Team

  • Age: All age groups
  • Location: Scotland
  • Eligibility: Primarily provide support to people that laready receive services from 'The Richmond Fellowship Scotland'. Individual doesn't necessarily need to have a learning disability
  • Referral system: Referral via social worker
  • Contact:

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