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. 

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 

The most recent webinar was ‘Trauma-Informed PBS’ which took place on Tuesday 18th August.

You can watch the full recording of the webinar 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:

Logos of organisations in the PBS Community of Practice

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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