What is Protective Behaviours?

PastedGraphic-3Protective Behaviours is a process, originally developed by Peg Flandreau-West a school social worker from Wisconsin, brought to the UK in the early 1990’s. Since then, it has continued to be the only enduring practical approach to ending abuse and victimisation that places an understanding of Feeling Safe at its centre. 

The Protective Behaviours Process is a set of principles and strategies developed over 15 years, which allows the individuals to reflect on their intuitive feelings and take action to feel safe again if needed.

(Thanks to Maria Huffer)

What’s it all about?

The Protective Behaviours Process follows two key themes and uses a variety of strategies to implement them. At its core, it is defined by the acceptance that the right to feel safe is a human right, no matter what you are doing, however, what that looks and feels like is an individual concept.

The Process encourages people to think about the intuitive feelings, particularly being aware of those physical feelings which might indicate they are feeling unsafe, and to enable them to make decisions based on available choices. They can then choose behaviours or do something that might be protective for themselves or to help someone else. Their choice of protective behaviours will be to help themselves or someone else to feel safe again.

Use of the Process is broad and can be applied to a great many of situations, including, but not limited to:-

  • Anti- Bullying policies and practice
  • Assertiveness training
  • Challenging behaviours
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Personal wellbeing
  • Family Support
  • Leadership and Management
  • Mediation
  • Mentoring
  • Policy and Practice to create safer cultures
  • Restorative Justice
  • Staff and team development

When? Where? What?

The Protective Behaviours Process can be applied to so many situations, why not get in touch to see how I can help you?