Positive Behavioural Support

Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) is a relatively new approach to the needs of people who get distressed, angry and aggressive easily, people who are often described as being ‘challenging’.

Milestones Trust pioneers the use of Positive Behavioural Support, and is founding member of the PBS network.

The essence of PBS is carers and supporters trying to understand what service users are trying to communicate by their challenging behaviour and how environmental factors and interactions may contribute to someone becoming distressed.

PBS also entails learning the specific circumstances and times when an individual’s challenging behaviour may occur and making changes to the environment or modifying demands on individuals so that the likelihood that they will express themselves in an aggressive way is lessened.

BackgroundMayo House

Positive Behavioural Support has a robust intellectual background derived from an amalgamation of behavioural analysis theory, person centred approaches and the principles of ordinary community living.

Originally developed for people with learning disabilities, the principles of PBS have been increasingly applied to other groups such as children in the classroom setting, people with poor mental health and the elderly.

Positive Behavioural Support at Milestones Trust

Milestones has in post a Positive Behavioural Support Manager, who takes the lead in supporting teams across the whole Trust in developing highly specific behavioural management plans for individuals.

He is supported by three Positive Behavioural Support trainers, who provide training in both the theoretical aspects of PBS and practical defensive techniques.

 Key members of teams are also supported to achieve either a certificate or diploma in the principles of PBS, through a BTEC e learning course.