Sunfield’s Behaviour Management team are dedicated to the analysis of, and insight into, a wide variety of behaviours. They use specialised assessment techniques to identify possible emotional and mental health problems, as well as the everyday traumas and triggers that may be contributing to distress and negative patterns of behaviour.
When your child joins Sunfield, they will undergo a full multi-disciplinary assessment, involving professionals across Psychology and Therapies, Education and Care, as well as drawing on the expertise of our colleagues in the Health and Catering teams. They work together to build up a profile of your child’s existing strengths and priority areas for development. Sunfield uses the SCERTS (Social, Communication, Emotional Regulation, Transactional Supports) assessment model, which sets out goals in social communication and emotional regulation, providing key areas for development throughout your child’s daily activities.
Based on the results of the initial assessment, the teams will devise a Behaviour Development Plan for your child. They will then work together to implement, monitor and update this plan, in response to your child’s changing needs. The aims are to help your child to develop confidence, self-esteem and a sense of caring and respect for others, promoting co-operative relationships with peers and adults, and developing a range of social skills and effective coping strategies.
The Behaviour Management team support Sunfield staff to explore, reflect and promote understanding of the children’s behaviours. Staff are given regular and intensive training on the theory of behaviour management, de-escalation, and safe use of physical interventions, in order to maintain safety for all. Sunfield has its own trainers, who have been accredited in CALM (Crisis, Aggression, Limitation and Management), approved by the British Institute of Learning Disability. The team also offer bespoke staff consultation to promote enhanced emotional resilience, encourage sharing of expertise, and boost confidence.
CALM is an evidence-based approach to behaviour management, focusing not only on upskilling staff but on detailed analysis and insight into the underlying issues contributing to behaviour patterns. CALM adopts a whole organisation approach, involving policy development and staff support as key determinants of workplace safety for all. You can read more about CALM on our Fact Sheet on CALM at Sunfield.