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Positive Behaviour Support in Bradford

Affinity Trust runs a Positive Behaviour Support service in Bradford, for children and young people with learning disabilities.

The service was jointly commissioned by Bradford Metropolitan District Council and local NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups.

The service is run by a specialist team led by Matthew Hodder, a qualified psychologist with clinical experience and expertise. Matthew has many years’ experience of working with families and individuals with different disabilities and behaviours that challenge.

The children referred to the service so far are aged up to 12. All live at home, and their key workers spend an average of 30 hours a week with them, at home and in other settings.

The service uses the Positive Behaviour Support competency framework. This is a framework for developing an understanding of behaviour that challenges. It is based on an assessment of the social, physical and individual contexts in which the behaviour occurs, and uses this information to develop interventions.

Positive Behaviour Support works by developing the skills of the person and those who support them, rather than by using aversive or restrictive interventions.

The aims of Positive Behaviour Support are to improve people’s quality of life and support those around them.

We use positive measures like other ways of communicating with the child, and changing their environments, rather than using punishments.

Positive Behaviour Support works to support families too. It aims to:

  • improve families’ quality of life

  • increase confidence in managing behaviour that challenges

  • reduce stress

  • better manage the child’s behaviours

  • enable maintenance of family life in the home setting and avoid the use of residential care, including out-of-area provision.

Secondary outcomes may include increasing attendance at school, increasing the child’s well-being, and participation in community-based activities.

The overall aims of the service are to:

  • improve the life experiences and well-being of each child and their family by reducing rates of entry to full-time residential care

  • reduce the frequency, intensity and duration of behaviours that challenge displayed by the child

  • support the child’s development of independence and life, social and communication skills

  • support regular attendance at school and an ongoing place in the education system

  • develop parents’ skills and confidence in looking after their child.

For each child, we agree a maintenance plan with all key stakeholders, enabling withdrawal of the service from the delivery of direct support. During the maintenance period, we provide minimal oversight and monitoring of outcomes.

The service is funded partly by a social investor, and Affinity Trust is paid only if the children and young people stay out of residential care.

We’re running a briefing for professionals about this service in Bradford on Friday 15 February 2019.

Find out more and book a place


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Bradford Positive Behaviour Support Service

Positive Behaviour Support Service
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