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Understanding challenging behaviour

In this section you can understand what challenging behaviour is, and the specific behaviours that impact on quality of life or are a risk if not supported well.

Behaviour that challenges can be very distressing for a child or adult with learning disabilities and their family and carers. It is important to understand the reasons behind challenging behaviour and see it as a form of communication to know how to respond. It shows that something is not right for the child or adult and they need some help and support.

Understand more about what challenging behaviour is

Read more about the specific behaviours that are associated with it

What is challenging behaviour?

What is challenging behaviour?

‘Challenging behaviour’ is how we talk about a range of behaviours which some people with severe learning disabilities may display when their needs aren't being met. Find out more about why people display challenging behaviour and how the CBF can help.

Specific behaviours

Specific behaviours

This section provides resources (information sheets and video) for specific behaviours associated with challenging behaviour, including hurting others, self-injury, eating inedible objects, running off, spitting and difficult sexual behaviour.

Information and guidance

Information and guidance

Do you need information about challenging behaviour and connected issues? We have a broad range of information sheets, FAQs, packs, templates and DVDs, grouped into different sections.