Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

Positive Behaviour Support Community of Practice Scotland 

Following the publication of the Coming Home report in 2018, the Scottish Government made a commitment to develop a Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Community of Practice for Scotland. 

You can read SCLD’s position statement on PBS here.

You can read an Easy Read summary of SCLD’s position statement here.

What is Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)? 

  • Is a person-centred framework for providing support to people with learning disabilities, including those with additional support needs such as autism, or those with behavioural challenges. 
  • Has an overall aim is to improve quality of life, and to provide the right support at the right time, so that people can thrive, be happy, and fulfil their potential. 
  • Supports human rights and promotes a life without unnecessary restriction. 
  • Means treating people equally and working in partnership with people with learning disabilities and their families. 

Welcome video from Minister for Mental Health, Clare Haughey MSP

Further information

Follow the link to our Google Drive to access the latest PBS resources.

Find out about our latest events 

Our upcoming webinar: ‘Sensory Integration: See behaviour through a new lens’ will take place on Tuesday 25th May from 2pm – 3.30pm.

In this webinar you will hear from Susan Doogan, a paediatric Occupational Therapist, specialist in sensory integration intervention, and from Kate Sanger, a family carer with lived experience of the challenges that young people with learning disabilities and sensory processing needs can face. 

Who is this webinar for? 

This webinar will be of interest to those supporting individuals with learning disabilities and/or autism who may have sensory processing difficulties. This would include: 

  • Teachers, classroom assistants, and other school-based staff 
  • Care staff working in health or social care 
  • Clinical psychologists, learning disability nurses, and other allied health professionals 
  • Practitioners and managers from social care provider organisations 
  • Family carers  

To register click here. You can find more information here.

Our ‘PBS and Education’ webinar took place on Saturday 21st November 2020. You can watch the full recording here


PBS Community of Practice Scotland  

The PBS Community of Practice (CoPfor Scotland is led by a steering group of key stakeholders, including professionals and family carers who have experience and expertise in PBS, and who work at a strategic level.  

The steering group is facilitated by SCLD as part of our work as a delivery partner of the Scottish Government in the implementation of Scotland’s learning disability strategy, The keys to life.

The PBS CoP is chaired by Dr Anne MacDonald (Scottish Government and University of Glasgow).  

 The Steering Group logos are included below:


The PBS Community of Practice Scotland is focussed on: 

  • Leading the dialogue and discussion about PBS in Scotland 
  • Supporting the implementation of PBS in Scotland 
  • Delivering national events and webinars on PBS  
  • Sharing good practice and learning about PBS 
  • Ensuring that all sectors providing services to people with learning disabilities are well represented and involved with the work of the CoP .

We hope the PBS CoP will become a national focal point for all those who have an interest in PBS and its use to support people with learning disabilities.

You can download the presentations from the Introductory PBS webinar below:

You can download the presentations from the ‘Trauma-informed PBS’ webinar below:

  • ‘A Young Person’s Story’ by family carer, Mandy Mitchelmore
  • Attachment, Trauma-informed PBS and Behaviours that Challenge, Dr Cathy Harding 
  • Trauma-informed PBS, Dr Keith Bowden 
  • Resources from the Trauma-informed PBS webinar

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