We train all our support staff in Positive Range of Options to Avoid Crisis and use Therapy – Strategies for Crisis Intervention and Prevention – PROACT-SCIPr-UK® for short.
This training has a strong emphasis on ethical, person-centred working. Staff are only taught what they need to know, with any interventions adapted to the person supported.
We have nearly 30 staff who are accredited PROACT-SCIPr-UK® instructors. The training is accredited by the British Institute of Learning Disabilities and complies with their current Code of Practice (2014). Our instructors attend bimonthly meetings to ensure they work to the same standards.
PROACT-SCIPr-UK® is person-centred and underpinned by the principles of Positive Behaviour Support. This is key to our approach to supporting people with learning disabilities and behaviours that can challenge.
This training aims to minimise the use of physical interventions. It emphasises sound behavioural support strategies based on the supported person’s needs, characteristics and preferences.
All support staff take the basic course. This covers good communication and understanding the person being supported, even if they are not supporting people whose behaviour can challenge.
We tailor further training to suit each person supported and their staff team. If a member of staff starts supporting a different person, they will complete another version of the PROACT-SCIPr-UK® training, tailored to the new person they are supporting.
All support staff will have training in PROACT-SCIPr-UK® at the level they need. All training is based on an audit of need:
1 day ‘Keeping Safe’: for staff working with people who do not present with behaviours that require ‘hands-on’ physical interventions
2 day ‘Introduction & Foundation’: for staff working with people whose behaviour can challenge others
2 day plus additional session: for staff working with people with more complex needs which require extra interventions.