Positive Behaviour Support

The overall aim of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is to improve the quality of the person’s life and the quality of life for those around them.

PBS means that people receive the right support at the right time.

What are the five signs of good Positive Behaviour Support?  

We would be able to see good PBS happening in these five ways:  
1.  Personalisation  

The support would be personalised
We would see evidence of consistent actions being taken to enhance the quality of life and wellbeing of the person. These actions would have been created or agreed with the person and written into a plan. The actions would support the person to be engaged in activities that were meaningful to them and would enable them to experience an ordinary life within their own community.

2.  Science
The support would be based on the scientific understanding of how that person learns and what the behaviour of concern means for a person.
Practitioners would use standardised assessment tools to inform function-based interventions that are practically applied to the benefit of the individual.

3.  Active Implementation
The support would be well planned, implemented and monitored.
There would be clarity around every person’s role and responsibilities together with evidence of good leadership at the service and organisational level. Support would be progressive and developmental for the individual and all other people involved. Any restrictions deemed necessary would be kept under continual review and the least restrictive approach would always be taken.


Contact us and let us know how we can help your organisation, we offer bespoke training, on the job observations/coaching and staff support at all levels from managers to direct support staff .

4. Evidence based
The support would be based on different kinds of data collected and analysed at all levels in the system.
Data, both hard and soft, would be used to inform assessment, to evaluate intervention, and to monitor and improve the quality of life of the person and others.

5. Multicomponent interventions
Support would be implemented at different levels and in different ways.
We would see proactive strategies to prevent or reduce the triggers and events that evoke or maintain the behaviours of concern. Interventions would be designed to support personal development and the learning and maintaining of new skills.

Coping strategies would be prioritised and there would be evidence that the environment had been altered to ensure it was the best possible fit for the person. There would be some reactive strategies to help people keep safe when needed. Support would be based on assessed need and may utilise a range of evidence-based procedures.  


PERMA Model

Behaviour happens for a reason

PBS Components

How it works

Understanding behaviour

Colour coded PBS grab sheets