This guideline covers interventions and support for children, young people and adults with a learning disability and behaviour that challenges, and ways of preventing challenging behaviour. It aims to improve quality of life as well as red. The guideline also covers support and intervention for family members or carers.
NICE has produced an easy read version for people with a learning disability.
This guideline includes recommendations on:
- general principles of care
- support and interventions for family members or carers
- early identification of the emergence of behaviour that challenges
- psychological and environmental interventions
- interventions for coexisting health problems and sleep problems
Who is it for?
- Healthcare professionals, commissioners and providers in health and social care
- Parents, family members or carers of children, young people and adults with a learning disability and behaviour that challenges
Guideline development process
Next review: May 2017
The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or service users. The application of the recommendations in this guideline is not mandatory and the guideline does not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.
Local commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients or service users wish to use it. They should do so in the context of local and national priorities for funding and developing services, and in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities. Nothing in this guideline should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.
Commissioners and providers have a responsibility to promote an environmentally sustainable health and care system and should assess and reduce the environmental impact of implementing NICE recommendations wherever possible.