Challenging Behaviour Foundation launches new information sheets


In February this year, we posted about new summary information sheets produced by the challenging behaviour foundation. This month sees the launch of a new series of three information sheets which look at the causes of challenging behaviour, and explain how to make effective plans to reduce it.

The information sheets are designed to provide information and guidance for families or professionals who support a child or adult with severe learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges.

The launch consists of two updates of existing information sheets covering ways to identify causes of challenging behaviour and a brand new information sheet which covers how to make a Positive Behaviour Support plan.

We have covered reviews of the effectiveness of positive behaviour support elsewhere on the Elf, with one Irish study finding significant reductions in the frequency, management difficulty, and episodic severity of challenging behaviour as a result of the use of PBS
and an organisational case study showing that the systematic adoption of PBS within a service was associated with substantial reductions in the use of physical interventions.

You can read the summaries and download the information sheets here:
Understanding Challenging Behaviour (part 1)

Finding the Causes of Challenging Behaviour (part 2)

Positive Behaviour Support Planning (part 3)

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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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