NICE guidelines for challenging behaviour


The NICE guidelines “Challenging behaviour and learning disabilities: prevention and interventions for people with learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges”  have been published.

The guidance can be found on the NICE website:



2015 Newsletter


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Positive and Proactive Care


As part of the Positive and Safe initiative the Dept of Health has published the guidance document:

Positive and Proactive Care: reducing the need for restrictive interventions

The purpose of this guidance is to provide a framework to support the development of service cultures and ways of delivering care and support which better meet people’s needs and which enhance their quality of life. It provides guidance on the delivery of services together with key actions that will ensure that people’s quality of life is enhanced and that their needs are better met, which will reduce the need for restrictive interventions and promote recovery.

Click here to read it.

Positive and Safe Newsletter


In April 2014, the Department of Health launched the Positive and Safe initiative which aims to reduce the use of a wide range of restrictive interventions across health and social care settings. Here is the first Positive and Safe Champions’ Network Newsletter. Click here to read it.


Ensuring quality services


Core principles for the commissioning of services for children, young people, adults and older people with learning disabilities and/or autism

who display or are at risk of displaying behaviour that challenges.

Click on the link below to read the full document.

What is Positive Behaviour Support?


The latest issue of BILD’s International Journal of Positive Behavioural Support is a special issue dedicated to defining PBS. As the journal’s editors, David Allen and Peter Baker make clear, “Many agencies in the UK now claim to be delivering Positive Behavioural Support – the contents of this issue will enable service users, families, commissioners and inspectorates to determine whether this is actually the case in practice.” 

 The issue includes an editorial, which you can download free, and four articles written by some of the leading academics and practitioners in the field:

  • A conceptual framework for understanding why challenging behaviours occur in people with developmental disabilities by Richard P Hastings, David Allen, Peter Baker, Nick J Gore, J Carl Hughes, Peter McGill, Stephen J Noone and Sandy Toogood
  • Definition and scope for positive behavioural support by Nick J Gore, Peter McGill, Sandy Toogood, David Allen, J Carl Hughes, Peter Baker, Richard P Hastings, Stephen J Noone and Louise D Denne
  • Developing a core competencies framework for positive behavioural support: issues and recommendations by Louise D Denne, Stephen J Noone, Nick J Gore, Sandy Toogood, J Carl Hughes, Richard P Hastings, David Allen, Peter Baker and Peter McGill
  • Implementing positive behavioural support: changing social and organisational contexts by David Allen, Peter McGill, Richard P Hastings, Sandy Toogood, Peter Baker, Nick J Gore and J Carl Hughes

International Journal of PBS Autumn Conference


Professor David Allen is one of the keynote speakers at BILD’s International Journal of Positive Behavioural Support autumn conference in London on 23rd November.

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David also spoke on Positive Behavioural Support at a Department of Health Stakeholder Event on Winterbourne View in London on November 19th.