PBSpro – PBS online


Our unique online program brings Positive Behavioural Support within everyone’s grasp – parents, teachers, support staff and professionals.

PBSpro takes you through a step-by-step process of conducting a functional behavioural assessment, collecting direct behavioural observations and producing an individual PBS plan for the person you support.

PBSpro will produce behavioural assessment reports, individualised behaviour monitoring forms, data analyses and help you to produce a complete PBS plan.

All this is completed online in your own time using this unique new program which was created by Prof David Allen.

Each of the three stages costs just £12.99 inc VAT and credits can be bought instantly by PayPal or invoiced to organisations.

Click here to go to PBSpro section on our website


The PBS Academy


The PBS Academy is a collective of organisations and individuals in the UK who are working together to promote Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) as a framework for working with children and adults with learning disabilities who are at risk of behaviour that challenges.

The PBS Coalition laid the foundation for this work and published The PBS Competence Framework in 2015.

The UK Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) Competence Framework provides a detailed framework of the things that you need to know and the things that you need to do when delivering best practice PBS to people with learning disabilities who are at risk of behaviour that challenges.

The PBS Academy has now been established informally and will continue the work of the PBS Coalition.

Click here to go to the website

PBS Academy Survey Results


The Challenging Behaviour Foundation recently conducted an online survey to explore views about the Positive Behavioural Support Academy proposed in Sir Stephen Bubb’s Report, Winterbourne View – Time for Change.

You can read a summary of the findings here.


PBS Academy for England


Read about a proposal for a PBS Academy for England produced by Richard Hastings, David Allen, Peter Kinsey, Viv Cooper and Bob Tindall.

The Academy is being suggested a potential way of implementing and co-ordinating some of the post-Winterbourne work. We’d be interested in hearing your feedback about the idea so let us know your thoughts!

Click here to read the proposal.

Click here to go to our contact page.

We are now on Twitter


Positive Response is now on Twitter. Go to https://twitter.com/posresponse and follow us and you will be kept up to date with all the news by our head tweeter Prof David Allen.

Positive and Safe Programme


David Allen was part of a panel that helped launch the new Positive and Safe programme in London on April 3rd. You can access the reports published on that day by following the links below:



Following increasing concerns about the inappropriate use of restrictive interventions across health and care settings; including ‘Transforming Care: a national response to Winterbourne View Hospital’ (DH 2012), ‘Mental Health Crisis Care: physical restraint in crisis’ (Mind 2013), and a recent inspection of inpatient learning disability services by the Care Quality Commission the Department of Health yesterday launched its new guidance about reducing restrictive interventions.

Please see the full report “Positive and Proactive Care: reducing the need for restrictive interventions: Guidance for all those working in health and social care settings: commissioners of services, executive directors, frontline staff and all those who care for and support people” along with a summary of key actions which includes:

Improving care:
• Staff must not deliberately restrain people in a way that impacts on their airway, breathing or circulation, such as face down restraint on any surface, not just on the floor.
• If restrictive intervention is used it must not include the deliberate application of pain.
• If a restrictive intervention has to be used, it must always represent the least restrictive option to meet the immediate need.
• Staff must not use seclusion other than for people detained under the Mental Health Act 1983.
• People who use services, families and carers must be involved in planning, reviewing and evaluating all aspects of care and support.
• Individualised support plans, incorporating behaviour support plans, must be implemented for all people who use services who are known to be at risk of being exposed to restrictive interventions.

Leadership, assurance and accountability:
• A board level, or equivalent, lead must be identified for increasing the use of recovery-based approaches including, where appropriate, positive behavioural support planning, and reducing restrictive interventions.
• Boards must maintain and be accountable for overarching restrictive intervention reduction programmes.

• Providers must ensure that internal audit programmes include reviews of the quality, design and application of behaviour support plans, or their equivalents.
• Accurate internal data must be gathered, aggregated and published by providers including progress against restrictive intervention reduction programmes and details of training and development in annual quality accounts or equivalent.
• Service commissioners must be informed by providers about restrictive interventions used for those for whom they have responsibility.

Monitoring and oversight:
• Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) monitoring and inspection against compliance with the regulation on use of restraint and its ratings of providers will be informed by this guidance.
• CQC will review organisational progress against restrictive intervention reduction programmes.
• CQC will scrutinise the quality of behaviour support plans which include the use of restrictive interventions.

Dr Peter Baker


Dr Peter Baker has joined Positive Response as a consultant. He has worked as a clinician in the NHS for 35 years and is also an honorary senior lecturer at the Tizard Centre. There is more information in the About section on our website: http://positive-response.co.uk/consultants.php

Dr Peter Baker is a clinician and an academic. As a clinician he has worked in the NHS for over 35 years, most of that time as a clinical psychologist in Sussex where he led one of the country’s longest established specialist support and intervention services for people with intellectual disabilities who present challenging behaviour. As an academic he is an honorary senior lecturer at the Tizard Centre where he teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate courses. He has authored many papers, journal articles, book chapters and pamphlets as well as being on the working group for the original Unified Approach and the recently published NHS Protect guidance on clinically related challenging behaviour in the NHS. Peter is also senior editor of the International Journal of Positive Behavioural Support.