• Understanding and meeting the development needs of children and young people

    Children's Services

    Professionals working within children’s services must be equipped with the knowledge and skills to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and colleagues in this sensitive and high-risk area. Maybo’s award-winning training provides on primary and secondary strategies for preventing and defusing behaviours that challenge, with the aim of creating positive and safer outcomes.

    Proven experience and expertise

    Maybo programmes have been carefully designed for staff working in settings where there is an ongoing relationship with children and young people with complex needs and who may present behaviours of concern.

    We are passionate about the provision of a person-centred, human rights model of care, that reduces the need for restrictive practices and improves quality of life. Our positive strategies help staff to:

    • Better understand a child’s physiological and emotional needs
    • Engage them in ways that reduce behaviours that challenge
    • Reduce the need for restrictive practices
    • Respond to crises to bring about a return to safety for everyone

    Our training is suitable for residential care, short break services, youth centres or educational settings and for children who may be described as having learning disabilities, an autistic spectrum disorder, mental health, social-emotional and behavioural difficulties or other special educational needs. Training can also be tailored to families and carers. 

    Maybo training programmes

    Explore the range of training modules in Maybo's curriculum for people working with children and young people

    • Classroom

    • Train the trainer

    • eLearning

    • Blended learning

    • Understanding Behaviour: Children and Young People

      Developed with our partners, Headsight Therapeutic Services, this programme provides an important foundation understanding of the developmental needs of children and yonug people. It is relevant to anyone providing care, education or support to children and young people with complex needs.

      We focus on the emotional and psychological development of the young mind:

      Developmental Needs of Children and Young people

      • Developmental needs of children and young people
      • Stages of child brain development
      • How adolescent brain development impacts behaviour


      Importance of Attachment Figures

      • Why attachment is central to healthy brain development
      • Role and importance of attachment figures
      • Attachment behaviours


      Impact of Trauma and Neglect

      • Defining trauma and neglect
      • Behaviours that may develop as a result of trauma/neglect


      Higher Risk Behaviours Common in Children and Young People

      • How and why children and young people may harm themselves
      • Why children and young people are at greater risk from drug and alcohol misuse
      • Risks associated with anti-social behaviour
      • Why children and young people may pose a risk to others


      Positive Approaches to Behaviours of Concern

      • Stages of a trauma-informed approach
      • Importance of and ways to create safety and consistency
      • Providing opportunities to access learning and development
      • Reconnecting to build positive and supportive relationships

       

      Delivery methods:

      • Classroom Classroom
      • Train the trainer Train the trainer
    • Promoting Human Rights and Reducing Restrictive Practices

      This module explores the principles of supporting a person's needs through a human rights approach. It develops learners' ability to take effective, person-centred measures to reduce restrictive practices that might be used intentionally or in some cases without realising they are restricting the person's liberty or autonomy.

      • Underpinning legislation, principles and definitions
      • Strategies to improve quality of life and reduce risk
      • Recognising restrictive practices
      • Ethical decision making

       

      Delivery methods:

      • eLearning eLearning
      • Classroom Classroom
      • Train the trainer Train the trainer
      • Blended learning Blended learning
    • Observing Behaviour to Inform PBS Plans and Strategies

      This module is designed for people providing care and support to children or adults with learning disabilities or autism. It will develop their ability to contribute to behaviour-informed positive behavioural support plans and strategies.

      • Observation, recording and reporting approaches
      • Actions to protect vulnerable people
      • Positive planning
      • Proactive and reactive strategies
      • Reinforcing behaviour in a PBS framework


      This module is normally combined with the following Maybo modules to form a two-day PBS training programme:

      1. Promoting Human Rights and Reducing Restrictive Practices
      2. Understanding Behaviour: A PBS Approach
      3. Observing Behaviour to Inform PBS Plans and Strategies (this module)
      4. Implementing Person-Centred Active Support

       

      Delivery methods:

      • eLearning eLearning
      • Classroom Classroom
      • Train the trainer Train the trainer
      • Blended learning Blended learning
    • Understanding Behaviour: A PBS Approach

      This module is designed for people providing care and support to people with learning disabilities or autism. It aims to develop their understanding of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) and person-centred support.

      Principles of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

      • Understanding PBS
      • Principles of PBS
      • Three key areas of PBS

      Characteristics of Behaviour 

      • Behaviour considerations
      • Behaviours of concern
      • Effects of behaviours of concern

      Factors That Influence Behaviour

      • Factors that can influence behaviour
      • How inhibitors can influence behaviour

      Functions of a Person's Behaviour

      • Fast and slow triggers
      • Identifying the function of a person's behaviour


      This module is normally combined with the following Maybo modules to form a two-day PBS training programme:

      1. Promoting Human Rights and Reducing Restrictive Practices
      2. Understanding Behaviour: A PBS Approach (this module)
      3. Observing Behaviour to Inform PBS Plans and Strategies
      4. Implementing Person-Centred Active Support

       

      Delivery methods:

      • eLearning eLearning
      • Classroom Classroom
      • Train the trainer Train the trainer
      • Blended learning Blended learning
    • Positive Approaches to Behaviour: Children and Young People

      This module provides positive and proactive approaches to managing behaviours of concern based on respect for the individual.

      Risks, Rights and Responsibilities

      • Behaviours of concern
      • Rights and responsibilities
      • Planning to reduce risks and vulnerabilities 


      Factors That Influence Behaviour

      • Common functions of behaviours of concern
      • Instinctive reactions to emotional or threatening situations
      • Potential triggers in self and others
      • Levels of escalation


      Positive Interactions and Choices

      • People's needs and expectations
      • Influencing positive outcomes
      • Overcoming barriers to communication 

       

      Delivery methods:

      • eLearning eLearning
      • Classroom Classroom
      • Train the trainer Train the trainer
      • Blended learning Blended learning
    • Safer De‑escalation: Children and Young People

      This module covers person-centred de-escalation strategies to alleviate a situation and prevent distress or behaviours of concern from escalating.

      Dynamic Risk Assessment

      • Maybo SAFER model
      • Risk identification
      • Informed decision-making


      De-escalation Skills

      • Positive, non-aggressive approaches
      • Safer positioning and teamworking skills
      • Strategies to defuse, calm and resolve


      Personal Safety and Post-incident

      • Confronting behaviours
      • Heightened risk indicators
      • Exit strategies in higher-risk situations
      • Post-event impact and responsibilities

       

      Delivery methods:

      • Classroom Classroom
      • Train the trainer Train the trainer
      • eLearning eLearning
      • Blended learning Blended learning
    • Safer Lone Working

      This eLearning module explores the risks we may experience when working alone and the steps we can take to increase our personal safety.
       

      • Risks and vulnerabilities of lone working
      • Risk reduction measures we can take to prepare for working alone
      • Reducing risk when travelling alone
      • Reduce risk when arriving at a premises

       

      Delivery methods:

      • eLearning eLearning
    • Personal Safety and Guiding: Children and Young People

      This module provides practical strategies for reducing risk and maintaining safety. It can include low arousal guiding and re-direction skills and is relevant where behaviours can present risks of harm for a child and/or those that support and care for them.

      Risks, Rights and Responsibilities

      • Defining defensive skills and interventions
      • Risks of using physical skills
      • Authority for the use of physical skills
      • Individual and team responsibilities 
      • The importance of secondary strategies to reduce the need for physical skills

      Personal Safety Skills to Avoid Assault and Disengage

      • Training and operational risks associated with the use of Maybo physical skills
      • Low arousal positioning and defensive skills to avoid assault and reduce risk
      • Low arousal skills to release from wrist and clothing grips
      • Contextual applications of Maybo assault avoidance and disengagement skills

      Low Arousal Guiding and Redirecting Skills

      • Skills to prompt or guide a child or young person
      • Skills to re-direct a child or young person
      • Contextual applications of Maybo guiding and redirecting skills


      This module must be preceded by Maybo's Positive Approaches to Behaviour and Safer De-escalation modules. 

       

      Delivery methods:

      • Classroom Classroom
      • Train the trainer Train the trainer
    • Holding and Escorting: Children and Young People

      This BILD (PIAS) Accredited module provides non-aggressive physical intervention skills for use as a last resort to prevent people from coming to harm.

      Building on the skills and approaches in earlier modules, this module develops restrictive intervention skills for containing and holding children and young people in both standing and seated scenarios when required as a last resort.
       

      Recognising and Reducing Risk

      • Key risk factors of restrictive physical interventions
      • Individual and team responsibilities to reduce risk and respond to medical emergencies

      Holding and Escorting

      • Training and operational risks associated with restrictive skills
      • Non-aggressive restrictive holding and escorting skills 
      • Structured exercises
      • Positioning and teamwork in transitions between skills

      Containing and Supporting

      • Reduce risk whilst containing someone who is seated
      • Teamwork skills to support a child or young person to a seated position on the floor
      • De-escalation and re-engagement skills
      • Applications relevant to the role


      Training in the use of restrictive interventions must only be provided within the context of a commitment to the reduction of the use of all restrictive interventions and the provision of person-centred support.

      Some services and roles may require training in higher levels of intervention, which Maybo can provide subject to controls.

      See Standard 2.8 of the BILD RRN Training Standards 2019 for further guidance on providing staff with restrictive intervention training. 

       

      Delivery methods:

      • Classroom Classroom
      • Train the trainer Train the trainer

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    • The response from our teaching team has been very positive: all staff enjoyed the Maybo sessions and said that they had learned useful and practical skills. Teachers who had been through a variety of other trainings said that this was the best that they had attended.

      Priory School - Deputy Headteacher

    • Before our Maybo training, the trend was to escort pupils demonstrating challenging behaviour to a less public place to deal with the issue, which often caused the negative behaviour to increase. Maybo's Open Palms approach gives a calming message that pupils will not be held or lead away and the incident is now more often calmed and dealt with without aggression.

      Downs Park School

    • The most useful job-related course I have been on.

      University of Sussex - Staff Member

    • Our staff team absolutely loved the training and found it to be the most useful and thought-provoking training they had ever been on. One person said ‘why did we not have this 30 years ago when I started?’.

      States of Jersey - Head of Service, Children, Young People, Education and Skills

    • The relevance of the training to children being first and foremost was utmost in our minds when we commissioned this package for our teams. The language use and the way of thinking about impact and understanding has been amazing. There is a real buzz in our residential homes and people keep asking for more!

      States of Jersey - Head of Service, Children, Young People, Education and Skills

    • Maybo’s ‘Open Palms’ non-verbal communication signal has made a real difference in the way our staff are managing difficult situations.

      Downs Park School

    • Maybo training has changed the way we look at managing challenging behaviour and has led to some very positive results.

      Downs Park School

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