Salford Safeguarding Children Board


Managing Challenging Behaviour

In 2012 the Department of Health published Transforming Care: A national response to Winterbourne View Hospital and in July 2013 the Department for Education published 'Use of Reasonable Force'. Together with the existing SSCB strategy these documents provide the basis for this revised strategy.

All children and young people are entitled to lead fulfilling lives, and all agencies providing services are committed to supporting them to be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution, and achieve economic well-being (Every Child Matters 2003). Some children and young people may engage in behaviours that impact upon their opportunities to lead fulfilling lives. For some children and young people challenging behaviour is often an attempt to communicate. Challenging behaviour is defined as behaviour of such intensity, frequency or duration that either the physical safety of the person or others is likely to be placed in serious jeopardy, or it is likely to seriously limit the use of ordinary community facilities.

Salford SSCB has launched the new Positive Behaviour Support Policy which requires practitioners to take specific actions.

Overarching Required Actions under this Strategy

• To develop a policy incorporating the ethos and philosophy of the board strategy but that which reflects local need and practice.
• To fully implement the local policy by December 2014.
• To develop through the policy a consistent and transparent recording and reporting methodology with initial reports submitted by July 2015.
• To maintain a register in each establishment of children and young people on whom RPI may be used.
• To ensure a commonality in the use of language across both the SSCB and local policy.
• To develop a training programme for staff in the school, setting or establishment which is subject to regular update, review and scrutiny?

To find out more read the SSCB Managing Challenging Behaviour Strategy here 
Further helpful information on this area of practice can be found at the following external links:
BILD (British Institute of Learning Disabilities) here
Department for Education here
SCIE 'At a glance 38' (Family carers for children guidance) here
SCIE 'At a glance 39' (Family carers for teenagers guidance) here  

Challenging Behaviour Strategy Launch Event - 10th June 2014

New national guidance has meant that Salford's Challenging Behaviour Strategy has been revised and updated. This event was attended by over 130 practitioners, managers and members of the community to hear about the new expectations placed upon schools and to find out how schools should implement them.

The SSCB policy launch on 10th June 2014 has aimed to:
• raise awareness of the unique safeguarding issues presented by challenging behaviour
• highlight positive approaches to challenging behaviour
• establish the support needs of services affected by this policy
• develop transparency and commonality in recording and reporting
• Safeguard all involved in the use of Restrictive physical Interventions.

What next?

• Schools should develop a policy under this SSCB strategy which reflects local need, case law and evidence of best practice.
• Policies should outline the organisational approach to:
- Restraint / seclusion reduction
- Develop training strategies for all those that require it
- The provision of high quality Behavioural Support Plans
- Risk Management in both predictable and unpredictable circumstances
- Reporting, recording and accountability arrangements and how data collected will be used to inform practice
- How children, young people, their families and carers, and wider stakeholders will be kept informed about the application of the policy and any changes it that policy.
• Once the policy has been agreed by governors send the minute to -

Presentations made by Sue Woodgate, Assistant Director, Salford City Council; Martin Hanbury, Headteacher at Chatsworth High School and Community College, Eccles; and Cat Forsyth, Team Leader Learning Disability Team, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust  can be accessed here: 

Managing Challenging Behaviour 

RPI Audit of Practice

Reviewing and Implementing Policies

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Salford City Partnership

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