Managing behaviour positively – 2 days

It is not unusual for some children to be described as “having challenging behaviour” a phrase that often has negative connotations. All behaviour is communication and for many children and young people it is often by far the best form of communication available to them. Consequently some of this behaviour can be unusual, extreme and at times challenging.

This course enables participants to explore the origins and purpose of behaviour as well as the factors that influence it including their own words and actions. Behaviour patterns are often cyclical and participants have the opportunity to examine the nature of these and how to change them as well as develop strategies which enable children and young people to be supported to maximise social, leisure and learning opportunities.

This course can be tailored specifically for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders – see: Managing behaviour positively with children and young people who have Autistic Spectrum Disorders


This two part course will develop understanding around some of the reasons for children’s behaviour. It will equip participants with a range of strategies and techniques that will increase confidence in working with children’s behaviour.


To develop participants’ confidence and skills by providing a toolkit of strategies and techniques for working with young people and managing behaviour for positive outcomes.

Day One Learning Outcomes:

Participants will be offered the opportunity to:

  • increase their understanding of the factors that influence behaviour
  • explore and examine different ways of encouraging and promoting positive behaviour
  • explore the importance of applying active listening  skills when responding to children’s behaviour
  • learn how to apply the four-part ‘I’ message when giving feedback to the young person about their behaviour
  • be conversant with local ‘challenging behaviour procedures’
  • understand the importance of a placement support plan in supporting children with their behaviour.

Day Two Learning Outcomes:

Participants will be offered the opportunity to:

  • explore the difference between anger and aggression
  • improve awareness of their own anger ‘triggers’
  • recognise the physical sensations linked to anger
  • understand the stages of a crisis or difficult incident
  • develop practical anger management strategies that they can share with children and young people
  • identify ways in which anger can be expressed in a positive manner
  • understand the importance of working in an anti-racist/anti- discriminatory way when working with children, young people and their families.