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3.4.2 Behaviour Management Plans


This procedure applies to all Looked After Children.

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

The procedures in this Chapter must be read in conjunction with detailed Guidance contained in Behaviour Management Guidance.

As part of the placement planning process for all Looked After Children, consideration should be given to whether it is necessary to draw up 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. Sexual exploitation;
  9. Self harming behaviour;
  10. Inappropriate sexual behaviour;
  11. Violence or aggressive behaviour.

Behaviour Management Plans should be incorporated into children's Placement Plans

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.

Behaviour Management Plans form part of children's Placement Plans therefore they must be subject to Placement Plan Reviews.