TRFS wins BILD Leadership Award

Tuesday 13 May 2014

 BILD Finalists 2014PBS Award 2014 winner oraAt the recent BILD (British Institute of Learning Disabilities) Positive Behaviour Support International Conference, our Positive Behaviour Support Team received the BILD Leadership Award for Innovative Practice in Positive Behaviour Support. The award was received for our Positive Pathways programme.

Positive Pathways is an innovative programme of behavioural training and support for family carers of people with autism. Evaluation of the programme was very positive with carers reporting that severe challenging behaviours had reduced by 51% following the training. Following the national programme delivered during 2012/13, additional local programmes have been developed and delivered in conjunction with local councils – these have also been very well-received and have shown similar positive evaluation results.

positiveAnne MacDonald, manager of the Positive Behaviour Support Team, said of the award “we are delighted to have received this prestigious award from BILD at their recent international conference. It is a huge testament to TRFS to be recognised in this way for their work in Positive Behaviour Support.”

The award was presented by Ann Chivers, BILD Chief Executive and Sandy Toogood, BILD Trustee.

Caroline Shaw, Behaviour Support Advisor, who delivered the Positive Pathways programme (along with Marie Thomson), said “we would like to thank all the parents and carers who took part in Positive Pathways and helped us with our evaluation. This award is as much for them as for us.”

For further information about Positive Pathways, or to discuss availability in your area, please contact Anne MacDonald at

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About The Richmond Fellowship Scotland Positive Behaviour Support

The Richmond Fellowship Scotland is unique within social care in Scotland in having a Positive Behaviour Support Team, who provide innovative, specialist support for people with complex behaviours and additional support needs.

Every person supported by the organisation has a unique set of needs and we are able to help them to live rewarding and fulfilling lives. Some of these individuals have complex and challenging behaviours. This can have a negative impact on the individual and those close to them, and can be stressful for the staff who provide the support.

In working in services across Scotland, the Positive Behaviour Support Team aims to improve the quality of life for these people, including increasing their participation in the community. We achieve this by increasing the knowledge, skills and confidence of the staff teams and developing specific plans to reduce the frequency and severity of behavioural challenges.

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About BILD

The British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) is committed to improving the quality of life for people with learning disabilities. They do this by influencing policy-makers and other decision-makers, encouraging good practice among practitioners and helping people with a learning disability take charge of their own lives and become part of an inclusive society.

BILD works with government agencies and other organisations to help shape UK policy.  They also carry out research on topics of national interest and publish our findings through conferences and workshops, publications and policy development.

They provide education and training for care staff, professionals, family carers and people with a learning disability and publish books and training materials to improve practice among professionals.

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