What is PBS?

What does PBS do?

An approach to support understanding of behaviour that challenge others

Overall goal is to improve quality of life

People are individuals with equal human rights as others

Uses a range of ways to build individual support

How to change the system to support someone rather than simple trying to stop the person’s behaviour

Reducing restrictive practices


PBS enables groups of carers (family carer and/or paid carers);

1.  To understand the needs and behaviour of children and/or adults, who, because of intellectual and/or developmental disability, are vulnerable to develop behaviours that challenge and remain dependent on others to meet fundamental needs

2. To work together, in order to promote a meaningful quality of life, for both the person and those who care for them.


How does PBS work?

  • The aim of this web site is to offer information about PBS that is evidence-based, accessible and reflects best practice.
  • It has been designed to support families and services across the Cumbria and North East region deliver high-quality positive behaviour support to children and adults with learning disabilities and or autism and their families.
  • The ultimate aim is to improve the quality of life of children and adults who are vulnerable to developing behaviours that challenge.

Positive Behavioural Support

North East and North Cumbria

Positive Behavioural Support North East and Cumbria PBS attempts to change the supports around a person who is at risk of behaving in ways that distress themselves or challenge others.

This PBS Infographic is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution No Derivs 4.0 International License CC BY ND 4.0.It allows for redistribution, commercial and non commercial, on the basis that it is passed along unchanged and in whole, and credits the North East and Cumbria PBS Community of Practice.

Developing a shared language and understanding

  • This site is the product of a PBS workforce strategy established as part of the region’s response to Transforming Care. The model of PBS has evolved out of the UK core definitions (Gore et al., 2013) and the PBS Academy’s competency framework.
  • Specific materials are available to families who have attended one of the region’s family-based courses (see for further details).
  • People who have successfully completed the PBS level 6/7 course at Northumbria University will have access to the ‘students of PBS’ section of the website, where they will be able to use the e-learning materials for their induction and staff training.