Avenues exhibits at Challenging Behaviour National Strategy Group Meeting


Avenues is sharing its experience and learning in Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) at a national event on Thursday 22nd October 2015. 

The event is organised by the Challenging Behaviour Foundation’s National Strategy Group, which works to raise awareness and inform practice in order to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities and behaviours described as challenging. 

Now in its 11th year, the event provides a platform for members to share good practice and contribute their knowledge and expertise through a series of workshops and presentations. Edge Hill University, which is based in Ormskirk, Lancashire, is playing host to the event and its delegates - representatives from professional bodies such as CQC, researchers and support providers as well as family carers and people with learning disabilities. The national strategy group welcomes anyone involved in the support of children and adults with learning disabilities and behavioural needs to take part. 

Sarah Carberry, Practice Development Lead at Avenues, says “this event is a great opportunity to learn from other organisations’ experience of PBS as well as to share the fantastic work we do as an organisation, not just in the research project we are exhibiting but in the support we provide every day.”

The Avenues team will be sharing a case study of Elsie (not her real name), a 75 year old lady with learning disabilities and a history of behaviour that challenges. Since Elsie began a positive behavioural support plan, incident reports of behaviour that challenges have reduced by 65%, her engagement rate has seen an increase of 80% and her verbal interaction has improved by 32%. As a result, Elsie’s quality of life has improved significantly