Positive Behaviour Support Service (PBSS)
About the Team
- Board Certified Behaviour Analysts (BCBAs*)
- Assistant Behaviour Analysts
- Specially trained Behaviour Practitioners
*For more information visit the website of the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board (BACB): www.bacb.com
Everyone within the team has experience in working with children and adults who present behaviour that challenges.
Who Are We?
What is the purpose of our service?
- reduce the occurrence of challenging behaviour,
- increase the individual’s use of functional skills to meet their needs, and
- improve the quality of life of the individual and the people around them.
Who do we work with?
The core service provided by PBSS is for children who have a diagnosis of moderate or severe learning disability (including conditions such as Autistic Spectrum Condition – ASC).
Education specific support (focused upon mainstream schools and resource units) is provided for children who have a diagnosis of ASC/social communication difficulties (with or without a learning disability), or be on the ASC or SOC/COM diagnostic pathway.
What do we mean by challenging behaviour?
“…culturally abnormal behaviour of such intensity, frequency or duration that the physical safety of the person or others is placed in serious jeopardy, or behaviour which is likely to seriously limit or deny access to the use of ordinary community facilities.” (Emerson, 1995)
What do PBSS do?
The starting point of any assessment is that the behaviour of concern is meeting some need for the individual. The purpose of the assessment is to understand the function that the behaviour serves for the person, so that they can be supported to meet the same need in a more appropriate way.
PBSS Core Values
PBSS Assessment & Intervention
An emphasis is placed on building behavioural skills as opposed to suppressing or eliminating challenging behaviour. The process is highly individualised. No two people are the same, no two situational contexts are the same, and no two learning histories are the same.
Where do PBSS work?
Who can refer to PBSS?
Referrals are frequently received from Social Workers, CAMHS workers, Community LD nurses, Educational Psychologists, Head Teachers, SENCOs, etc.
Triage and Allocation
PBSS utilise a strict triage process, which helps us to understand immediate risks posed by behaviour and the impact it has on individuals and their family.
Allocation is according to triage score rather than date of referral.
Additionally the triage process helps us to understand if the referral is appropriate and meets the threshold for PBSS support.
Please note not all referrals are accepted.
Telephone: 0151 511 8444
Email: [email protected]