Intensive Positive Behaviour Support Service

The Intensive Positive Behaviour Support (IPBS) Service is for children and young people with learning disabilities and/or autism who display challenging behaviour.

The service is delivered by the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and Leeds City Council’s Childrens Services.

Help given by IPBS

IPBS aim to support children and young people to continue to live with their families instead of being moved to a residential placement.

This involves providing intensive psychological assessment and interventions led by a Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) and Systemic approach. The video has more information about PBS.



The team will work closely with a child's allocated social worker, family members, carers and professionals in the PBS plan.

It is important to contact your child's social worker or CAMHS practitioner in the first instance if you think you would benefit from this service.

Requesting support

The IPBS team will only consider support requests from a CAMHS practitioner and social worker. They'll also look at the following:

  • aged between 5-17 years with a diagnosis of a learning disability or autism
  • family/home placement is at risk of breaking down
  • presenting with challenging behaviour, such as physical aggression
  • who is not subject to a child protection plan
  • without acute mental health difficluties needing intensive psychiatric input

Additionally, the family must consent to the involvement of the IPBS team and be willing to engage with the intervention.

A decision will be made by the team and if successful, a package of community care involving family members, carers and professionals will be developed.

For more information about the service please read our leaflet.

Contact us

If you work with a family you think needs the IPBS service, please contact the team.

Email: IPBS@leeds.gov.uk