Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) & Complex Behaviours

Our Postive Behavioural Support (PBS) and Complex Behaviours programmes have been carefully designed for staff working in settings where there is an ongoing relationship with children and young people who may present behaviours that challenge.

Suitable for those supporting young people within children's services such as residential care, short break services, youth centres or educational settings, who may be described as having learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), mental health problems, social-emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD) or other special educational needs, our programmes can also be tailored for families and family carers.

We provide four programmes of typically 3-4 hours duration each that can be delivered in a modular format at different levels based on staff role and function, from support worker inductions to senior roles developing and overseeing care plans. We integrate your organisational case studies and care planning tools wherever possible to promote relevance and transfer.

The four core programmes are:

Module 1 - A Human Rights Approach to Promoting Positive Support and Reducing Restrictive Practices

Module 2 - Understanding Behaviour and Recognising Risk

Module 3 - Supporting People with Complex Behavioural Needs

Module 4 - Fundamental Elements of Positive Behaviour Support


What is Positive Behaviour Support?

This animated video produced by the Centre for the Advancement of PBS at BILD gives a very helpful overview of PBS and how PBS approaches work in practice when supporting an individual.


© Centre for the Advancement of PBS at BILD

Maybo believes that training in this sensitive area must be:

  • Person-centred and embedded in a Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) approach to inform behavioural management and proactive planning around the individual needs of each service user

  • Based on caring values that promote respect for the individual and a reduction of conflict and behaviours that challenge through developing positive behavioural supports, interactions and relationships

  • Relevant to the context of each Service and the needs of its service users and staff

  • Focused on restraint reduction and elimination

  • Challenging of any practice that does not respect service users and/or falls short in duty of care 

We train trainers and local coaches/champions how to use our toolbox and resources so that they can provide consultancy support to local services, facilitating transfer of training into working practice and supporting person-centred planning.

We constantly challenge staff to question whether physical intervention is necessary and in the best interests of the individual concerned. This includes getting them to consider how a service user may interpret and react to staff interventions and how this may be influenced by factors including trauma history, Autism, gender and culture.

For more information on Maybo's BILD Accredited training please contact our specialist team.