Module Overview

Supporting Positive Behaviour in the Social Care Sector

Firstly this module aims to develop the student’s understanding of the complexities of behaviour that challenges while working in social care environments. The module will also provide students with the knowledge and skills to work effectively with service users in supporting positive behaviour in a variety of social care settings. Furthermore students will be helped to develop critical thinking ability and critical self-reflection in order to work effectively with service users who exhibit behaviours that challenge. Specifically the module will provide students with the knowledge and skills to work effectively with service users who exhibit sexualised behaviour in social care settings.Students will develop a comprehensive understanding of working within a human rights and ethical framework in the management of challenging behaviour.

Module Code

SSSC H4012

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Theoretical Framework

An overview will be offered of differing approaches to challenging behaviour. To include: behaviourist; psychodynamic; biological; cognitive and humanist.Classifications of challenging behaviour

Supporting positive behaviour in the Disability sector

Health Promotion - impact of diet issues, medication, holistic health on behaviour that challenges- Support for families - Intervention strategies - Applied Behaviour Analysis - Multi Element Behaviour support - Positives Future Planning - Importance of multi disciplinary team work

Supporting Positive Behaviour in settings with Children and YP

Intervention strategies (theory & practice) - Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) - Management of Actual or Potential Aggression (MAPA) - Non- violent Crisis Intervention (CPI) - Control & Restraint Model (C&R) - Studio III - Positive Behaviour Support - Implications of the legal framework on working with young people in the juvenile justice system

Sexualised behaviour in Social Care environments

Direct work with service users. (victims of abuse and offenders) -Importance of multi disciplinary team work - Inter agency communication, cooperation and collaboration - Theoretical Models of Sexually Abusive behaviour- eg. Finklehor, Hall and Hirschman, Ward and Seigert etc

Specific issues:

Contributory factors which impact upon behaviour that challenges, can include among others - Self Injurious Behaviour/ Self-harm -Grief reactions - Trauma - Violence in the home - Abuse survival - Absconding behaviour - Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) - Eating Disorders - Dementia

Legal, ethical and reflective issues in the management of challenging

Legal issues - Ethical Issues - Maintaining dignity and respect - Disability Act - Human rights and children’s rights - Children’s Act 2001 and national regulations, Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities - Human Rights approach - Systems approach - Human Rights and Juvenile Detention

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)40
Formal Examination60