Factsheets on Challenging Behaviour Foundation website now summarised for easier access


The tag cloud on the Learning Disabilities Elf blog shows quite clearly that challenging behaviour is the topic we post about most, which reflects the ratio in published studies. Challenging behaviour can have a major impact on the safety of the person, people they live with or people who support them and is a major factor in breakdown of support arrangements.

In recent years, we have been improving our understanding of challenging behaviour in people with learning disabilities and the development of positive behavioural support has provided a clear and ethical framework for responses.
We thought therefore you would be interested to know of some news relating to the excellent resources provided by the Challenging Behaviour Foundation.

The CBF have always produced arrange of information leaflets, but have recently re-launched a number of these as summary versions, which contain all the key points of the full information sheets, but in a more accessible format, making it quicker and easier to find what you are looking for.

The summary versions cover:

  •  Understanding challenging behaviour
  •  Supporting behaviour change
  •  Communication and challenging behaviour
  •  Health and challenging behaviour
  •  Self-injurious behaviour
  •  Pica (eating inedible objects)
  •  Difficult sexual behaviour
  •  Mental health problems
  •  The use of physical interventions
  •  The use of medication
  •  Getting a statement•
  •  Planning for the future
  • Making decisions – the law
  •  Ten top tips

Have a look and let us know what you think: Summary information factsheets on challenging behaviour, Challenging Behaviour Foundation.

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John Northfield

After qualifying as a social worker, John worked in community learning disability teams before getting involved in a number of long-stay hospital closure programmes, working to develop individual plans for people moving into their own homes. He worked for BILD, helping to develop the Quality Network and was editorial lead for the NHS electronic library learning disabilities specialist collection. This led him to found the Learning Disabilities Elf site with Andre Tomlin as a way of making the evidence accessible to practitioners in health and social care. Most recently he has worked as part of Mencap's national quality team and also been involved in a number of national website developments, including the General Medical Council's learning disabilities site.

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