Dual Agency Behaviour Support Service (DABSS)

The Dual Agency Behaviour Support Service (DABSS) aims to support children with a severe learning disability whose behaviour presents significant challenges, by using the least restrictive approaches to maintain children within their normal home and school environment. The service is available Trust wide to children with a severe learning disability and their carers. DABSS supports children using the Positive Behaviour Support Model.

DABSS provide comprehensive assessments of children in order to understand why they engage in challenging behaviours. The service works with children, their families and their schools to develop way to reduce challenging behaviours and to develop other ways for the child to meet their needs. The team offer a range of services including consultation meetings to staff and families and training to staff teams, schools and families in order to increase their understanding of why a child or young person may be displaying challenging behaviour.

DABSS staff include a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Senior Educational Psychologist, Behavioural Specialists, a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist, Behavioural Associates and a Team Secretary.

Referrals
Referrals are accepted directly from a range of sources, including schools, Children’s Disability Teams and other staff within children’s services.

Contact details
Dual Agency Behaviour Support Service
2nd Floor North
Braid Valley Hospital
Cushendall Road
Ballymena
BT43 6HL
Tel: 028 2531 7110

Page last updated:30 May 2017