Staff have received additional professional development to assist them to apply the principles of positive behaviour support throughout the school. .
Giant Steps Tasmania’s staff understand that all behaviour is a means of communication. Furthermore they understand that the majority of incidents of negative or challenging behaviour seen among students of Giant Steps Tasmania are triggered by known sources (behaviour of others, particular locations, times of stress and uncertainty or challenge, loud noises etc.). However, because some of the students have complex communication and learning needs, staff might not always be able to recognise triggers or understand what a particular behaviour is trying to communicate. Giant Steps Tasmania staff understand the value of proactive rather than reactive strategies and that time may be needed for staff and students to fully understand a situation.
Giant Steps Tasmania’s staff dealing with a behaviour of a student always react in a way consistent with their duty of care.
Avoiding the need to use restrictive physical intervention except in situations of extreme danger, is a primary aim of all staff. The use of all types of Behaviour Interventions, including restrictive physical interventions at Giant Steps Tasmania is consistent with the Human Rights Act and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. These are based on the assumption that everyone is entitled to:
- the right not to be subjected to inhuman or degrading treatment
- the right to liberty and security
- the right not to be discriminated against in his/her enjoyment of those rights.