PBS Standards


Developing local capacity and the competence of everyone involved in the delivery of evidence-based and high-quality supports to people with a learning disability and challenging behaviours is critical to the successful implementation of Positive Behavioural Support (PBS).

The following standards have been developed to guide practice and training. They are, in part, in direct response to the final report of the post Winterbourne consultation examining services in the UK for people with learning disabilities and/or autism published in February 2016, Time for change: The challenge ahead. This report acknowledges PBS as the recommended framework for working with people with learning disabilities at risk of behaviour that challenges; and cites as one of its main recommendations:

The Transforming Care programme must consider the accreditation of training in Positive Behavioural Support with a view to establishing an appropriate body to manage the design of a PBS Standard and tiered accreditation systems for individuals and organisations delivering and receiving PBS”. 

Both documents are independent of the establishment of an accreditation process. There is currently no accreditation body responsible for the accreditation of PBS. Establishing standards is a first and necessary step of any accreditation infrastructure and it is anticipated that any organisation offering accreditation in the future will base the accreditation process upon these standards.

Improving the quality of Positive Behavioural Support (PBS): The standards for service providers and teams – Click here for the standards for services and teams

Improving the quality of Positive Behavioural Support (PBS): The standards for training – Click here for the standards for training