Active Support

This active support course is ideal for all support workers within learning disability settings.


Active Support is a proven model of support that supports people with learning disabilities to plan the best use of their time, with the correct level of support, to engage or participate in all activities that make up day-to-day living. It empowers and motivates, changing the focus of support from caring for to supporting and working with. We must remember that the inclusion and engagement of people with learning disabilities is highly dependent on staff teams. Active Support underpins all areas of health and social care as it is so person-centred.

Course Contents

  • Active Support
  • Aims of active support
  • Staff skills
  • The four principles
  • Practice leadership
  • The virtuous circle
  • Person centred plans
  • Active support and positive behavioural support
  • Unmet needs
  • Maslows hierarchy of needs
  • Giving control back
  • Ways of giving support – ask, instruct, prompt, show, guide
  • Thinking in steps

Course Outcomes

Successful completion of this training course will result in the award of a CPD accredited certificate covering all aspects of the above course contents.

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