Positive behaviour support

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is a whole approach which aims to improve the quality of life for people who use services, this includes people with a learning disability and/or autism or those living with dementia and older people. It’s about providing the right support, at the right time to someone who may be at risk of developing or who are, presenting behaviours that challenge.

PBS is a person centred framework that is based on a set of values that helps a person get the life they want to by increasing the ways they can achieve this. It recognises that all behaviours happens for a reason and PBS helps us understand the reasons behind the behaviour that challenges us. We have set of bitesize sessions to introduce the learner to the core competencies set out in the PBS Academy.

Values led services

Explore the history and values of PBS: Impact of values on behaviour, importance of knowing the individual, supporting choice and communication.


Enhance communication skills: Understand individual communication, strategies for limited verbal ability, support autonomy and well-being

Person centred thinking and planning

Emphasize relationship building: Importance of rapport, direct support for accessing important things, collect information on strengths and preferences.

Person centred active support

Promote meaningful activities: Link activity to self-image, identify preferences, create opportunities, support skill development for independence.

Behaviour support for older adults

Certified course meeting Restraint Reduction Network Standards: Understand challenging behaviours, legal implications, and proactive support strategies.

Functional assessment

Explore functional assessments: Understand their purpose, 4-term contingency, identify observable behaviour and antecedents in measurable terms.

Understanding functions of behaviour

Understand behaviour functions: Identify the 4 common functions, differentiate form and function, and recognise behaviour as communication.

Introduction to trauma informed care

This course introduces trauma informed care, exploring lasting effects of past trauma on present behaviour. Viewed through a trauma lens, it enhances understanding and minimizes re-traumatization risks, fostering a sense of safety, value, and increased control.

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