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Promoting Positive Behaviour training

Module 15 – part of Section Leader training

Who this is for

Section volunteers completing a Wood Badge.

Learning options

Workbook, Course, Small group or One to one.

How long it takes

2-3 hours.                                                                        

How to complete it

Demonstration to a Training Adviser.

What you’ll learn

You’ll learn how to define and respond to challenging behaviour.

You’ll also learn principles and strategies to plan for positive behaviour, and where to find additional support.

Additional information

The Section Leader training modules are part of the Wood Badge training for Section Leaders and Assistant Section Leaders. This is optional for Section Assistants.

You can complete the modules in any order, within the first three years of volunteering.

Promoting positive behaviour (module 15) is one of the Section Leaders training modules.

Validation is showing what you know and that you can use it in practice.

Talk to a Training Adviser to decide if you’ll need to do the learning for this module and what you’ll do to validate it.  

To validate this module, you’ll need to complete one of the following:

  • Work in partnership with young people to develop or review a Code of Conduct for the section.
  • Outline strategies used to promote positive behaviour in your section.
  • Plan and run a game or activity that explores acceptable and unacceptable behaviour with the young people of your section.

And also complete one of the following:

  • Show evidence of de-escalating an incident of challenging behaviour appropriately.
  • Show evidence of responding effectively following an incident of challenging behaviour; reflecting and reviewing with the adult leadership team, the young person and, where appropriate, the parent.
  • Any other ideas subject to agreement with a Training Adviser.

Some examples of how you can demonstrate these actions to a Training Adviser are:

  • Invite a Training Adviser to attend and observe a section meeting.
  • Show activity notes from a meeting with the young people to develop or review a section code of conduct.
  • Get a written or verbal statement from an observer.
  • Have a discussion with a Training Adviser or get a written or verbal statement from an observer about responding to an incident of challenging behaviour.
  • Show an action plan for managing challenging behaviour in the section.

See the Adult Personal File (pages 65 and 66) for more examples of how you can demonstrate what you’ve learnt.

You can start other Section Leader training modules before validating this one.

This module is for Section Leaders, Assistant Section Leaders and Section Assistants who are completing a Wood Badge, and it should be completed within the first three years of volunteering.

If you are not sure if you need to do this module, check POR Chapter 16: Roles Table.

You can also ask your volunteer line manager or a Training Adviser, or contact the Support Centre.

Training courses are organised locally. Most Districts, Counties and Areas offer course dates on their own websites.

A Training Adviser will be able to answer any questions you have. Don’t worry if you haven’t been assigned one yet, you can speak to your volunteer line manager, local Training Manager or County Training Manager.

If you're not sure who to speak to locally, you can contact the Support Centre.