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5.10.1 Behaviour Management Plans


This procedure applies to all Children Looked After.

It summarises when a Behaviour Management Plan should be drawn up and the key matters which should be contained in such a plan.


This chapter was reviewed and revised in July 2017 to note that Behaviour Management Plans should be linked to Care Plans, rewards, consequences and risk assessments and inform the actions of all staff and children.

As part of the placement planning process for all Children Looked After, consideration should be given to whether it is necessary to draw up a Behaviour Management Plan.

All children placed in residential care should have a Behaviour Management Plan.

The possible need for a Behaviour Management Plan will be different for each child, depending on the child’s background and needs. However, it is expected that any behaviour which gives rise to concern about the following will result in a Behaviour Management Plan:

  1. Absenting behaviour;
  2. Anxiety or withdrawal;
  3. Bullying or other similar behaviours;
  4. Challenging behaviour;
  5. Drug or substance misuse;
  6. Lack of awareness of personal safety;
  7. Offending or offensive behaviour;
  8. Self harming behaviour;
  9. Sexually exploitative or inappropriate sexual behaviour;
  10. Violence or aggressive behaviour.

Behaviour Management Plans should be incorporated into children’s Placement Plan and the contents should be reflected in the child's risk assessment.

Behaviour Management Plans must summarise the behaviours causing concern and the strategies being adopted by staff/carers to manage the behaviour(s).

Where the same behaviour is exhibited outside the placement, e.g. at school, every effort should be made to ensure staff/carers and other professionals work in partnership, ensuring consistency where appropriate.

In a number of instances, Behaviour Management Plans will be linked to, and undertaken as part of, a therapeutic approach progressed through CAMHS or similar.

All residential plans should be triangulated together within the care plans, rewards, consequences and risk assessments etc. They should be overseen by the Registered Managers and provide understanding to both staff and young people and direction to all staff working with the children and young people.