PBS Community of Practice for Scotland

Community of Practice name: PBS Community of Practice for Scotland

Location: Scotland-wide

Purpose: PBS is an evidence-based and effective approach for improving quality of life for people with learning disabilities, particularly those who are described as displaying behaviours that challenge. To implement PBS across education, health and social care requires collaboration and coordination, and therefore a national PBS Community of Practice for Scotland has been set up by the Scottish Government.

The purpose of the PBS Community of Practice for Scotland is to support and facilitate the implementation of PBS for people with learning disabilities, including those who are also autistic, or have additional support needs related to their mental health, or who are described as having a forensic background. A strategic and partnership approach is recognised as central to achieving this.

Activities: The PBS Community of Practice for Scotland is led by a steering group of key stakeholders, including family carers and professionals who have experience and expertise in PBS, and who work at a strategic level. The steering group is facilitated by SCLD and is chaired by Dr Anne MacDonald (from the Scottish Government and University of Glasgow).

The PBS Community of Practice Scotland is focused on:

  • Leading the dialogue and discussion about PBS in Scotland
  • Supporting the implementation of PBS in Scotland
  • Delivering national events and webinars on PBS
  • Sharing good practice and learning about PBS
  • Ensuring that all sectors providing services to people with learning disabilities are well represented and involved with the work of the Community of Practice

Who can join/ who the community is for: The PBS Community of Practice for Scotland is open to anyone in Scotland with an interest in PBS and its use with people with learning disabilities, including those who are autistic, or have additional support needs. We hope the PBS Community of Practice will become a national focal point for all those in Scotland who have an interest in PBS and its use to support people with learning disabilities.

Links to website/ forum: https://www.scld.org.uk/positive-behaviour-support-pbs/

Primary contact: Dr Anne MacDonald, University of Glasgow, anne.macdonald.2@glasgow.ac.uk