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8 March 2022

Updated definition of PBS is released in IJPBS special issue

An updated UK definition of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) has been released today, as part of a special issue of the International Journal of Positive Behaviour Support (IJPBS).

Featuring in an open access paper, the ‘Positive Behavioural Support in the UK: A State of the Nation Report,’ reflects on key issues and PBS developments that have arisen since 2013 providing further clarity around the current evidence base and an initial logic model to guide future research and PBS practice in the UK.

Bild welcomes the inclusion of a tiered model of PBS within this definition with an emphasis on improving quality of life by creating capable environments  because we recognise the need to work on prevention.

Continued rejection of aversive, restrictive and abusive practices (those that stop people from doing what they want to do or making them do something) within the updated PBS definition is also very welcome. In addition, the updated definition reflects the recent good practice advances across a range of disciplines, including a recognition of trauma informed approaches .

Commenting on the news, Professor Edwin Jones – Strategic Lead for PBS at Bild – said: “At Bild, we believe that PBS should be ever evolving, developing and embracing new practices that improve people’s quality of life.

“We will work with authors, partners and people with lived experience to develop accessible resources and information. Accessible formats empower people and their families to be fully included in PBS to help us all continue to develop good practice by working together and to eradicate practice that does not protect and champion human rights.”

As part of Bild’s ongoing commitment, and building on the IJPBS special edition, Bild is developing and updating free resources throughout 2022, through further co-production with people with learning disabilities and autistic people, family carers and other organisations.

Those resources will include:

  • A plain English summary of the Positive Behavioural Support in the UK: A State of the Nation Report content
  • An updated web-based animation that provides an easy-to-understand introduction to PBS theory and practice
  • An updated accessible infographic that can support understanding of the concept of PBS
  • Launch of the Bild and UK PBS Alliance What does good PBS look like and how to spot bad PBS practice resource

In addition, the 2022 Bild International PBS Conference will take place in Bristol from 20 to 22 June, both in-person and online, leading with the theme of co-production in PBS. Bild is seeking innovative and practical examples of co-production that others can learn from.

To view the ‘Positive Behavioural Support in the UK: A State of the Nation Report’ open access, please click here.

To download Bild’s press response, click here.

To sign up to register your interest in attending the 2022 Bild International PBS Conference, visit

To share your innovative and practical examples of co-production, please email a short summary to