Skip to main content
Kent Academic Repository

Positive Behavioural Support in the UK: A State of the Nation Report

Gore, Nick J., Sapiets, Suzi J., Denne, Louise D., Hastings, Richard P., Toogood, Sandy, MacDonald, Anne, Baker, Peter A., Allen, David, Apanasionok, Magdalena M., Austin, Debbie, and others. (2022) Positive Behavioural Support in the UK: A State of the Nation Report. International Journal of Positive Behavioural Support, 12 . ISSN 2047-0924. E-ISSN 2048-884X. (KAR id:93504)

PDF Author's Accepted Manuscript
Language: English
Download this file
[thumbnail of PBS in the UK - State of the Nation Report Author Accepted Manuscript.pdf]
Request a format suitable for use with assistive technology e.g. a screenreader
PDF Publisher pdf
Language: English

Restricted to Repository staff only
Contact us about this Publication
[thumbnail of (Final) Positive Behaviour Support in the UK A State of the Nation report 08.03.22.pdf]
Official URL:


Background: Early Positive Approaches to Support (E-PAtS) is a co-produced and co-facilitated group programme that aims to provide early years support to family caregivers of children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Method: Thirty-five caregivers who had attended E-PAtS groups took part in individual interviews or focus groups. Caregiver experiences concerning attendance of E-PAtS were explored, in relation to process variables and perceived outcomes. Interviews were thematically analysed. Results: Three major themes were identified: Our Group, Evolving Emotions, and Positive Approaches. Being with and being supported by other families was very important to caregivers. Families reported increased confidence and greater realisation of the need for self-care. Children were reported to show fewer behaviours that challenge and increases in adaptive skills. Findings corresponded to mechanisms and outcomes in the E-PAtS logic model. Conclusion: E-PAtS shows promise as one way families and children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities can access early years support

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Yousif Alshaker
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2022 16:53 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2023 12:50 UTC
Resource URI: (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)

University of Kent Author Information

  • Depositors only (login required):

Total unique views for this document in KAR since July 2020. For more details click on the image.