Year 2 - Black Country

The aim of the Getting It Right project in the Black Country was to improve local support and services for children and young people (0-25) with severe learning disabilities and their families.

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The aim of the Getting It Right project in the Black Country was to improve local support and services for children and young people (0-25) with severe learning disabilities and their families 

Black Country Objectives

The Black Country steering group agreed three main areas for the project:

  1. Families feeling connected, confident and able to contribute
  2. Transition
  3. Early intervention

The Black Country steering group produced a logic model which can be found here

Online behaviour support workshops

Positive Behaviour Support workshops for family carers in the Black Country were delivered virtually.

23 family carers of children and young people with learning disabilities in the Black Country attended the workshops.

Colour coding the behaviour code has been life changing for us. Family members have easily understood how to identify and manage beahviours so x doesn’t end up in red. Previous to the session x was in red all the time and since the workshops its been a handful of times. We still get difficult behaviours but this is life changing for us. The instructors on the course were amazing, Jonathan is so insightful and experienced. I felt comfortable sharing my concerns and was given good support and direction.  – Parent

Family carer feedback

To find out more about the Positive Behaviour Support workshops and to hear feedback from a family carer, watch the video below. Workshop trainer Jonathan describes what the workshops involve and Raifya (a family carer) shares her experience attending the workshops and the impact on her relative.

Survey of family carers

During autumn 2021 family carers across the Black Country were invited to complete an online survey about their experience of support and services for their relative. 62 families from across the Black Country responded to the survey.

The survey findings are available here

Family carer focus groups

In May 2022 two focus groups were held virtually in the Black Country to gather the views of family carers about existing support and services, and families’ vision for future support in the local area.

Across the survey and the focus groups, families shared their experiences of support and services that have worked well, and what needs to be improved and how.

Read a summary of the focus group findings here

Stakeholder Engagement Event

In June 2022 we held a virtual stakeholder engagement event, bringing together family carers, learning disability professionals and third sector organisations from across the Black Country. The aim of the event was to share learning from the project so far, including from the online survey of family carers and the focus groups, and to work together to come up with actions.

Image created following the Black Country Stakeholder Engagement Event

Read a write up of the event here, including the actions agreed to be taken forward by the project steering group

What next

The third local area we are working with as part of the Getting It Right project is Camden.

We will be linking up all three local areas to share learning at the Challenging Behaviour National Strategy Group in June 2023.

If you are interested in finding out more about the local area strand of the project, please contact

Getting It Right

Getting It Right

The CBF's 'Getting It Right' project helps improve both national and local support and services for children and adults with severe learning disabilities and their families.

Year 1 - West Sussex

Year 1 - West Sussex

In year 1 of the 'Getting it Right' project we worked with the West Sussex local area to deliver the strategic local input stream of the project.

Early intervention

Early intervention

This page provides details of a CBF-led three-year project on early intervention called Paving the Way.