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Challenging Behaviour: A Unified Approach (Updated April 2016)

23 September 2016

This document provides a revised and updated clinical and service guideline for supporting children, young people and adults with learning disabilities who are at risk of receiving abusive or restrictive practice.

The guidelines contained here were jointly produced by the intellectual disability faculties of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the British Psychological Society on behalf of the Learning Disabilities Professional Senate.

It is our belief that people who present behavioural challenges can and should be supported in living close to home, integrated within the community, engaged in activities that promote optimum quality of life and with support that ensures protection of their human rights. They should not be subject to inappropriate, punitive or harmful restrictions, ineffective treatments or unjustified and excessive use of medication.

After consulting with people with intellectual disabilities and their families, many of whom expressed their disappointment and disillusionment with the perceived lack of progress since the publication of the original College Report, we have decided against rewriting Challenging Behaviour: A Unified Approach in its entirety in favour of updating and improving the user-friendliness of the document with this 'how to' guide, designed to be read in conjunction with the original report in order to help us provide a high-quality, consistent, and person-centred service going forwards.


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