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

    Children and Young People

    Professionals working within children’s services must be equipped with the skills to ensure the safety and wellbeing of colleagues and the people they support, in this sensitive and high-risk area. Our award-winning training helps care professionals to meet their duty of care and regulatory requirements, with the aim of creating positive and safer environments.

    Proven experience and expertise 

    Maybo’s learning methods are consistent with the principles of positive behaviour support, focusing on primary and secondary strategies for preventing and defusing behaviours that challenge. This enables staff to:

    • Better understand a child's physiological and emotional needs
    • Improve their environment
    • Engage them in ways that reduce behaviours that challenge
    • Reduce the need for restrictive practices

    Our physical skills are proven to be gentle and low arousal, yet robust and safe for use with children and young people when required as a last resort.

    We have achieved the BILD accreditation for our work and our training is also in line with guidance from NHS Protect, DHSC, CQC, NICE, Skills for Health, RCN and RRN.

    Our training programmes are suitable for those supporting young people within children's services such as residential care, short break services, youth centres or educational settings and for children with additional needs. It can also be tailored for families and carers.

     

    Maybo Training Programmes

    Explore the range of training modules in our Children and Young People curriculum below

    • eLearning

    • Classroom

    • Train the trainer

    • Blended learning

    • 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
    • Understanding 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
    • 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
    • Implementing Person Centred Active Support

      This module is designed for people providing care and support to people with learning / intellectual disabilities or autism. It aims to develop their ability to implement person-centred active support and PBS values.

      • 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
      4. Implementing Person-Centred Active Support (this module)

       

      Delivery methods:

      • Classroom Classroom
      • Train the trainer Train the trainer
      • eLearning eLearning
      • 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
    • Personal Safety and Guiding: Children

      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
      • Skills to re-direct a child
      • 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
    • 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
    • Safer Handling: Children

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

      Building on the skills and approaches in earlier modules, this module develops restrictive intervention skills for containing and holding children 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


      Containment and Support

      • Reduce risk whilst containing a seated child
      • Teamwork skills to support a child to a seated position
      • De-escalation and re-engagement skills
      • Contextual applications of Maybo skills


      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
    • Safer Handling: 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
    • Safety Pod™ Holding and Containment

      Holding skills for use with the Safety Pod™

      Preparation and Use

      • Features and benefits of the Safety Pod™
      • Health and safety precautions
      • Preparing, using and storing the Safety Pod™

      Seated Holding Skills

      • Using Maybo’s seated wrap skills with the Safety Pod™ 
      • Using Maybo’s wrap reverse skills with the Safety Pod™

       

      Delivery methods:

      • Classroom Classroom
      • Train the trainer Train the trainer

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    • We use Maybo eLearning as an introduction as this reduces the time spent away from the workplace and allows more time to be spent developing and practising practical skills.

      Cornwall Care

    • Maybo training is paced to meet the learning needs and styles of each and every course participant and there is a healthy balance between theory and practice.

      Autism Jersey - Chief Operations Officer

    • 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

    • All of the Maybo training is connected to the situations that we face at work. As a result, I feel safer and more confident I can support the people in our care.

      Turning Point - Learning Disability Carer

    • 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

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

      Downs Park School

    • Maybo training is second to none and is delivered by professionals who understand the complexities involved in supporting people on the Autism Spectrum.

      Autism Jersey - Chief Operations Officer

    • Working with Maybo has helped us to achieve our goal of providing our staff with high-quality training that works. The course facilitators are happy to create bespoke sessions and are excellent at pitching the content to different employee groups. We get excellent feedback from course delegates who also receive an accredited qualification after attending the sessions.

      St Mungo's

    • Maybo training has helped our colleagues spot early signs and trigger points where behaviour may become challenging, empowering them to address the situation before it escalates.

      Cornwall Care

    • Regarding the introduction of the Safety Pod, everyone who has attended has seen how this will improve on the reduction of using floor restraints. We all feel this is a massive improvement in reducing risk to the service user, as well as staff, and can see how this is less invasive for the service user.

      Cygnet Health Care - Regional Trainer

    • 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

    • 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

    • We now have a team of carers who are confident in their ability to handle our son's outbursts and violent behaviour with a safe and consistent approach which minimises any risk to both Charlie and those looking after him.

      Parent

    • I just wanted to take this opportunity to let the Maybo team know that this week’s training was a pleasure to attend. I have now had a few hours at home to process the experience and to reflect on what we accomplished. The guys were excellent tutors and made the whole week enjoyable as well as a superb learning experience.

      Jersey Hospice Care - Training Co-ordinator

    • It has been a pleasure working with Maybo to coordinate St Mungo’s conflict management learning programme. This solution is ideal for staff and the pre and post support from Maybo is excellent.

      St Mungo's

    • Maybo were fantastic, taking the time to talk to staff and managers to create a programme that works for that service.

      Turning Point

    • Maybo have supported Turning Point in creating a flexible, service user-focused training programme that enables us to support the people we work with in a safe environment.

      Turning Point

    • 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

    • We receive a truly outstanding and professional level of service from Maybo. Using their training approach has made a difference to the care of our patients.

      The Huntercombe Group

    • We use all levels of Maybo training, including some bespoke courses that have been created by Maybo visiting our services to understand their unique ways of working in a person-centred way to enable positive outcomes for all.

      Turning Point

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

      University of Sussex - Staff Member

    • Maybo have continued to be supportive, collaborative and have added value in keeping our services a safe and positive place to be for staff and the people we support.

      Turning Point

    • As parents running our own team of carers to look after our severely autistic son, Charlie, Maybo techniques offer our staff effective ways to both de-escalate Charlie’s outbursts and to restrain him safely if necessary. Everything we learnt was relevant and tailored to ours and Charlie’s needs.

      Parent

    • There was a significant reduction in the need to use physical interventions and staff and young people’s injuries are minimal, almost non- existent, as a result of using the Maybo techniques.

      CareTech Holdings

    • We at Autism Jersey have developed an excellent working relationship with Maybo. I would recommend Maybo to any organisation supporting people who have an Autistic Spectrum Condition.

      Autism Jersey - Chief Operations Officer

    • The MLP programme has revolutionised our conflict management and physical intervention training.

      CareTech Holdings

    • As a newly qualified Maybo trainer, I am very much looking forward to getting started on training up our staff and can’t wait to attend my next Maybo trainer development course.

      Barnardos - Children's Services Manager

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