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What is PBS?

Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) is person-centred way of working that aims to improve a person's quality of life. It is a way of working and supporting the person who may at times display behaviours of concern that could challenge others or limit their own opportunities.

Behaviours that challenge always happen for a reason and might be the only way a person can communicate - it can arise for differing reasons that are personal to the individual.

It is important that all are supported to have the right skills and knowledge to use this approach and we hope that these resources will help people to understand the benefits of using Positive Behavioural Support.

PBS Animation - A six-minute animation that summarises PBS.

Click here for an 'introduction to PBS' video from the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD)

It involves:

  • understanding the reasons for behaviours which challenge
  • assessing the broad social and physical context in which the behaviour occurs - including the person's life history, physical and mental health, and the impact of any traumatic life events
  • planning and implementing ways of supporting the person which enhance quality of life for both the person themselves and their carers.

It focuses on creating physical and social environments that are supportive and capable of meeting people's needs, and teaching people new skills to replace the behaviours that challenge.

Where to find more information about PBS: 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 Academy publishes free resources under its name and is useful for a range of stakeholders, including people with learning disabilities, family carers, support Workers, support providers and commissioners.


PBS Competencies Framework (PBS Academy, 2015)

  • click here for the Positive Behavioural Support Competence Framework (pdf document)

PBS Key Messages

A 3-page quick information sheet about PBS. (Jointly produced by the BILD Centre for the Advancement of PBS, NHS Health Education England, Skills for Care, CBF and PBS Academy)

Positive Behaviour Support Planning Information Sheet

This explains what a PBS plan is, why they are needed and what should be included. (CBF)

  • click here for information sheet from the Challenging Behaviour Foundation.

Positive Behaviour Support resources

Including video clips to watch, a DVD to order, case studies and PBS resources for family carers. (CBF)

  • click here for resources from the Challenging Behaviour Foundation.

NHS links

Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) Awareness Course forms part of the Department of Health's Positive and Safe Programme and is about the organisational culture needed to put the Positive and Proactive Care guidance into practice. It has been designed for staff and carers who support vulnerable people, and the purpose of the course is to raise awareness of the principles and practices embedded in PBS.

Skills for Care has also published three information videos and a document on Positive Behavioural Support (PBS):