Standards in PBS for service provision and training

Developing local capacity and the competence of everyone involved in the delivery of Positive Behavioural for people with a learning disability and challenging behaviours is critical to its successful implementation.

The PBS Academy has published two sets of standards to guide practice and training. They are, in part, in direct response to the final report of the post-Winterbourne consultation examining services in the UK for people with learning disabilities and/or autism published in February 2016, Time for change: The challenge ahead. This report acknowledges PBS as the recommended framework for working with people with learning disabilities at risk of behaviour that challenges, and cites as one of its main recommendations:

The Transforming Care programme must consider the accreditation of training in Positive Behavioural Support with a view to establishing an appropriate body to manage the design of a PBS Standard and tiered accreditation systems for individuals and organisations delivering and receiving PBS”. 

Both documents are independent of the establishment of an accreditation process. There is currently no accreditation body responsible for the accreditation of PBS. Establishing standards is a first and necessary step of any accreditation infrastructure and it is anticipated that any organisation offering accreditation in the future will base the accreditation process upon these standards.

Improving the quality of Positive Behavioural Support (PBS): The standards for service providers and teams  Please download

These standards are for all services irrespective of size or ownership and are designed for individual service settings, rather than whole service provider organisations. However, some standards do refer to the policies or practices of the larger service provider organisation within the context of supporting the individual service setting in its implementation of PBS.

Improving the quality of Positive Behavioural Support (PBS): The standards for training Please download

The standards for training” have been designed for all those involved in the delivery, purchase, or commissioning of training in PBS, including external training providers, in-house training teams within support services, and for the recipients of training. The standards are applicable for whole organisation training and for the training of individual practitioners and support teams.