Positive Behaviour Support Team

The Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Team uses a model that offers a person-centred, inclusive and value-led approach, to achieve personal outcomes and improve the quality of life of people who use Turning Point Scotland services.

Turning Point Scotland is one of the first organisation’s in the country to use this model through this two-year pilot.

Why do we need PBS?

Behaviours are a form of communication and people we support may need to use behaviour as a way to let others know what they need or want. A PBS approach seeks to understand such behaviour with a view to improving support, changing structures, cultures, environments, so we can empower people.

What will be the PBS Team’s role?

The team will work with staff providing direct support, to consider less restrictive alternatives to physical restraint, with a focus on developing positive and proactive approaches across Turning Point Scotland learning disability, mental health and forensic services.

The fundamental purpose of the PBS Team is to support our staff teams to assess individual’s needs, develop robust PBS support plans and implement these through, mentoring and practice leadership to understand support.

How can PBS improve people’s lives?

  • The model promotes a consistent and person specific plan of support that reduces risks for the person, staff and others
  • PBS focuses on the person’s quality of life and ensures people are happy and fulfilled.
  • It helps others understand behaviour and the importance of meeting people’s needs, as behaviour is often a way of communicating an unmet need.
  • The PBS model makes sure the systems we use to support people work for the person.


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