What is the PBS Community of Practice?
The North East and Cumbria Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) Community of Practice is a network of people who are interested in developing PBS in our region and improving the lives of people with a learning disability and/or autism with behaviour that challenges.
What is Positive Behavioural Support?
Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) is an effective and ethical way of supporting people who are at risk of behaviour that challenges. It is a framework for developing an understanding of behaviour and is based on the assessment of the broad social, physical and individual context in which the behaviour occurs, and uses this information to develop a range of evidence-based support. The overall goal is to enhance a person’s quality of life, thus reducing the likelihood of challenging behaviour occurring in the first place (PBS Academy, 2015).
We want people with a learning disability and/or autism who have or may be at risk of behaviour that challenges, to have happy, healthy and safe lives. We believe Positive Behavioural Support is an approach that enables the right support to be provided at the right time to make this goal possible.
The purpose of the community of practice is to improve the standard of PBS provision by developing skills and knowledge in PBS for everyone involved in providing support for people with behaviours that challenge in our region.
What does the PBS Community of Practice Do?
- Support the development of skills and knowledge in PBS (including training and education) for families, staff and commissioners in the North East and Cumbria
- Provide a range of forums across the region for people to work together, to share best practice, experiences, expertise and resources
- Provide support and guidance to implement PBS effectively
- Develop and disseminate information on PBS practice
- Raise the profile of PBS and influence the standard of delivery across the region
What is this website for?
- This website offers a range of information about PBS, including news and events, resources, policy and guidance, training/learning opportunities in the North East and Cumbria and best practice examples.