The members of the Positive Behaviour Support Team have a wealth of experience in managing services within health, education and social care settings.

They have worked within the fields of autism, learning disability and mental health difficulties. Each team member has in-depth knowledge and experience of using the multi-element model of Positive Behaviour Support. The team also has skills in particular areas of practice such as Active Support, Intensive Interaction and Alternative Communication methods.

We believe in the importance of sharing good practice in Positive Behaviour Support in the wider care sector. The Positive Behaviour Team regularly present at conferences throughout the UK and has published the outcomes of our work in academic journals. Our team has close links with the Institute for Applied Behaviour Analysis in California, and uses many of their tools including the Periodic Service Review.

“Your work using ‘the multi-element model’ was outstanding…it was quite humbling for us to see so concretely the influence we have had on your work and to hear first hand how your work is influencing the quality of life for the people you work with.”

Testimonial from Gary La Vigna, Director of the Institute for Applied Behavioural Analysis

In 2010, The Positive Behaviour Support Team received a British Institute of Learning Disability Award for Innovative Practice in Positive Behaviour Support. This was recognition of our continued good practice in developing the specialist support for individuals who have behaviour which is regarded as challenging.

We have also been recognised for the contribution the team makes in the specialist learning and development for our managers. In 2011 the team were finalists in the Scottish Social Services Council Care Accolades Awards for ‘Investing In The Workforce, Developing Practice’. This was specifically for our Professional Development Award in Managing Behaviour Support which is accredited by Edinburgh Napier University.

If you would like any more information, please email Caroline Shaw (Head of Complex Needs) ( or call 0845 013 6375.