Some Queensland adults with a cognitive or intellectual disability exhibit severely challenging behaviour. This is behaviour that either causes physical harm to the adult or others, or represents a serious risk of physical harm to the adult or others.
A key goal of the positive behaviour support and restrictive practices framework is to reduce or eliminate the use of restrictive practices and to help these adults improve their lives and participate more actively in their communities.
Positive behaviour support is an approach that is responsive to an individual's needs. It requires a thorough understanding of a person and their behaviour in order to determine the best ways to support them.
On 1 July 2014, new legislation came in to place to ensure the use of positive behaviour support and to protect clients who may be subject to restrictive practices.
The new laws also make it easier for disability service providers to meet their legal obligations, while increasing their accountability around the use of restrictive practices. Additionally, the changes include streamlined processes to allow service providers to focus on supporting their clients.
The Queensland Government knows it will take time for all involved to learn the requirements of the new laws and will deliver a training program throughout the state through the Centre of Excellence for Clinical Innovation and Behaviour Support.
The following publications and resources will help people with disability, family members, carers, guardians and support workers understand their roles and responsibilities in providing positive behaviour support in conjunction with restrictive practices.
These documents will continue to become live over the coming days.
The Centre of Excellence for Clinical Innovation and Behaviour Support oversees the practice reforms arising out of the Disability Services Act 2006 amendments.
Read about how the Disability Services Act 2006 safeguards the rights of Queenslanders with disability.
Find out who to contact to help you implement positive behaviour support and reduce and/or elimate the use of restrictive practices.