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Group recognised as the first partner for Bild’s new programme

06 January 2023

Witherslack Group is thrilled to be recognised as the first member of Bild’s new improvement partner programme, Membership Plus.

The programme offers organisations such as the Witherslack Group, who are passionate about supporting children and young people with special education needs, to take their workforce development to the next stage. This level of the membership scheme provides support with monitoring and maintaining the gains achieved by translating training into practice, whilst continuing to grow and develop.

The Group has implemented the Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) with Bild since 2016. The person centred framework equips staff with the skills, expertise and empathy to be able to truly connect and understand the needs of a child and young person, and help them to make the right decisions. PBS aims to provide long term and the right support  for a young person’s friends and family to help them lead a meaningful life and learn new skills.

To achieve this status, the Group has completed four stages to becoming an improvement partner, including:

Stage 1: Initial consultation with Bild to identify priorities for development

Stage 2: Implementation of worksforce and organisational development plan (typically over two years).

Stage 3. Annual self-assessment (including improvement priorities) reviewed and scrutinised by Bild)

Stage 4:  Awarded Bild improvement Partner status.

Elaine Capstick, Associate Director (Safeguarding, Behaviour and Inclusion) for the Group commented:

"As a Group, we continually strive to develop our practice in order to improve outcomes for our children and young people, and this ethos has motivated us in continuing our relationship with Bild. Since our initial assessment in 2016, we have solidified our commitment to implementing Positive Behaviour Support, training over 50 PBS coaches to develop capable environments in our provisions. We are committed to utilising the support from Bild, as they are the benchmark of quality in regards to improving quality of life."

Learn more about how we implement PBS here.  

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