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Guidelines for Managing Challenging Behavior
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Guidelines for Managing Challenging Behaviour

Staff/volunteers who deliver Summershine Camps activities to children may, on occasions, be required to deal with a child’s challenging behaviour.

These guidelines aim to promote good practice and are based on the following principles:

Planning Activities

Planning for activities should include consideration of whether any child involved may need additional support or supervision to participate safely. This should address:

- assessment of additional risk associated with the child’s behaviour.

- appropriate supervision ratios and whether numbers of adults should be increased.

- information sharing for all/volunteers on managing any challenging behaviour to ensure a consistent approach.

- specialist expertise or support that may be needed from carers or outside agencies.

- this is particularly relevant where it is identified that a child may need a level of physical intervention to participate safely.

- where challenges are anticipated in light, for example, of a child’s impairment or other medical condition, a clear plan/agreement should be established and written down.

- ensure that parents/guardians understand the expectations of their children, and ask them to reinforce this ahead of any event or activity.

Managing Challenging Behaviour

In responding to challenging behaviour, the response should always be:

- proportionate to the actions being managed.

- imposed as soon as is practicable.

- fully explained to the child and their parents/guardians.

In dealing with children who display negative or challenging behaviours, Summershine Camps’ staff and volunteers might consider the following options:

- Time out - from the activity, group or individual work.

- Reparation - the act or process of making amends.

- Restitution - the act of giving something back.

- Behavioural reinforcement - rewards for good behaviour, consequences for negative behaviour.

- De-escalation of the situation - talking with the child and distracting them from challenging behaviour.

- Increased supervision by staff/volunteers.

- Use of individual ‘contracts’ or agreements for the child’s future or continued participation.

- Sanctions or consequences (e.g. missing an activity)

- Seeking additional/specialist support through working in partnership with other agencies.

- Temporary or permanent exclusion.

The following should never be permitted as a means of managing a child’s behaviour:

Physical Intervention

Summershine Camps’ staff/volunteers should consider the risks associated with employing physical intervention compared with the risks of not employing physical intervention.

The use of physical intervention should always:

- be avoided unless it is absolutely necessary to prevent a child from injuring him/herself or others, or causing serious damage to property.

- aim to achieve an outcome that is in the best interests of the child whose behaviour is of immediate concern.

- form part of a broader approach to the management of challenging behaviour.

- be the result of conscious decision-making and not a reaction to an adult’s frustration.

- employ the minimum force needed to avert injury to a person or serious damage to property - applied for the shortest period of time.

- used only after all other strategies have been exhausted.

- be recorded as soon as possible using the appropriate organizational reporting form and procedure.

Parents should always be informed following an incident where a coach/volunteer has had to physically intervene with their particular child.

Physical intervention must not:

- involve contact with buttocks, genitals and/or breasts.

- be used as a form of punishment.

- involve inflicting pain.

Views of the child

A timely debrief between Summershine Camps’ staff/volunteers, the child and parents should always take place in a calm environment following an incident where physical intervention has been used. Even children who haven’t directly been involved in the situation may need to talk about what they have witnessed.

There should also be a discussion with the child and parents about the child’s needs and continued safe participation in the group or activity.