My Communication Passport

Calum's Story

by Beth Morrison

This was great news, but I still felt that The Scottish Government had completely misunderstood our objectives and we needed to focus on DISABLED children. The petitions committee are writing again to The Scottish Government to seek clarification and to ensure they engage with me and key experts in disability who understand the issues and can help the government write the guidelines we desperately need.

Meanwhile, I am considering setting up an organisation which would find funding needed to train families and staff in schools in “Positive Behaviour Support,” meaning there would be a departure from the restrictive physical interventions (restraint and seclusion).

My vision is to base all Positive Behaviour Support Plans for children with complex special needs on a Communication Passport which is written in conjunction with families who know their children better than anyone. This passport will give details on the child, their condition, how it affects them AND, most importantly how they communicate their needs.

How can staff support a child if they are not fully aware of the child’s needs? The answer is simply- they cannot.

Every disabled child should have a Communication Passport and EVERY member of staff working with that child should have access to it and understand the contents in order to support the child correctly. It should not be left in a file somewhere, it should go everywhere the child goes and be available instantly for the carer to refer to.

Behaviour is all about communication, we need to ask what the function of the behaviour is, why is it happening, and what replacement behaviour can we teach so the child can communicate their needs better.

Calum is now happily back in Angus, supported in a mainstream school with enhanced provision by staff who care about his needs and how they can best support him so that he can achieve. He is thriving. He is HAPPY!

Well done Calum :-)

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