BILD’s primary role is to improve support for people with complex needs including those with learning disabilities or autism or both who display behaviours that challenge.
BILD has a track record of providing effective networks and professional learning communities:
The purpose of BILD networks and professional learning communities is to enable all those involved in supporting people with learning disabilities or autism or both, and complex needs - including professionals and families - to share learning and learn from each other in order to improve the support people receive.
The primary aim is to have a positive impact on the quality of life for the person and all the people that support them.
- Facilitate networking and stimulate collaborative learning and continuous professional development for individuals and organisations
- Share knowledge and disseminate international and national practice developments and research – facilitate the turning of research into practice that improves practice both within the Community of Practice and has a wider influence
- Generate new ideas, develop, pilot and evaluate projects, and share existing resources
- Provide peer to peer support and feedback and a safe and transparent, cross-organisational problem solving forum
- Develop a shared understanding of best practice and provide an external quality assurance role that supports the safeguarding of rights
- Collect information for research purposes that informs the development of practice across the whole sector and provide a useful forum for external agencies to test ideas and consult on best practice
- Promote multidisciplinary communication and understanding of roles across the different groups that provide support, including families and unpaid carers
- Collective influence raises profile of rights of people with learning disabilities or autism or both, and those with complex needs
- Improve social capital - a productive and co-operative networks of relationships among people who work in a particular sector to achieved shared social impact goals, enables the sector to function more effectively
Member-led groups with a positive learning culture
All BILD facilitated Communities of Practice have clearly defined and articulated:
- A specific focus / purpose / area of interest, eg learning disabilities, or Positive Behaviour Support
- A membership of the community - practitioners with shared passion and common ground
- A Charter promoting a positive culture that welcomes different viewpoints and where members feel safe from criticism, to encourage participation and share learning. There is a learning culture that supports people's development at all stages of their career and level of experience and understanding
- Activities and specific outcomes that are developed and led by the members themselves through consultative processes