The Key Messages of Positive Behaviour Support

The overall aim of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is to improve the quality of a person’s life and that of the people around them. This includes children, young people adults as well as older people.

PBS provides the right support for a person, their family and friends to help people lead a meaningful life and learn new skills without unnecessary restrictions. It is not simply about getting rid of problematic behaviour

This 'The Key Messages about Positive Behaviour Support' resources has been produced to outline the important principles of Positve Behaviour Support. What is it? Why is it necessary? And how can it be successfully delivered. 

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Quick Read

What is PBS?

  • Positive Behaviour Support is a person-centred approach to people with a learning disability who may be at risk of displaying challenging behaviours. 
  • It is backed by evidence from behavioural science
  • Provides support based on inclusion, choice, participation and equality of opportunity

What are the key principles?

  • PBS seeks to understand the reasons for behaviour so that unmet needs can be met
  • Considers the person as a whole - their life history, physical health and emotional needs
  • It's proactive and preventative, focusing on the teaching of new skills to replace behaviours that challenge
  • Combines perspectives from different professionals

How can PBS be delivered?

  • A functional assessment should be carried out to help understand the reasons behind challenging behaviour
  • PBS plans should be produced in partnership with the person and their families
  • A focus on teaching new skills rather than containing behaviours described as challenging
  • Support workers should be trained in the PBS Academy's key competencies


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