Positive Behaviour Support framework

The framework is divided into three main areas, each of which details specific competencies that need to be achieved to deliver effective support. These are:

AreaReason for area
Creating high care and support environmentsAims to ensure organisations and those providing support operate from a person-centred support. Person-centred support ensures a high quality of life for all concerned, which includes assessing the risk factors for the development and maintenance of behaviour that challenges.
Functional, contextual, and skills-based assessmentAims to ensure that the support outlined for each person is based on a thorough understanding of that person’s needs, preferences, abilities, communication style, the function for them of any behaviour that challenges and how this is maintained, and the context and resources in which and with such support may be given.
Developing and implementing a Behavioural Support Plan (BSP)Aims to provide a detailed and personalised description of how best to support each person with developmental disabilities and their behaviours of concern.


All the competencies listed are necessary for the person being supported. However, not all competencies will need to be demonstrated by every individual involved in the provision of care. While there are certain core competencies which will be applicable to everyone, there are also specialist competencies which will be the focus of experts within that area.

For this reason, the framework details three levels of competencies by function which can be identified in the diagram below.


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HCC have advice, research and resources relating to Positive Behavioural Support for professionals, citizens and individuals, providers, families, and carers on their website.

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