Disability Behaviour Support


Behaviour support is an evidence based approach used to support people with disabilities who have challenges regulating their thinking, feeling and behaviour. Behaviour support involves working with the individual, their family and staff to identify behaviours of concern, or that cause harm to participant or others and to design and undertake specific positive behaviour support strategies.

What behaviour support does Samaritans offer?

Samaritans behaviour support seeks to improve the quality of life of the individual and to reduce the impact of the person’s challenging behaviour. Samaritans team will seek to understand why the individual may be using challenging behaviour and develop strategies that aim to limit behaviours of concern developing and/or increasing.

This may include:

  • Behaviour assessments
  • Behaviour intervention services
  • Behaviour support plans
  • Communication profiles
  • Incident prevention and response plan
  • Routines
  • Assessment of Sexual Knowledge (ASK)

Each of these activities aim to improve the quality of life of the individual and reduce the impact of challenging behaviour. Support will be tailored to the individual and their specific goals.

All members of Samaritans Behaviour Support team have extensive experience and training in behaviour support practices.

What is challenging behaviour?

Challenging behaviour is defined as persistent behaviour that causes difficulties and limits the individual’s ability to have a good life.

Find out more

If you want to learn more about how we can support you, or someone you are caring for please get in touch today.

1300 656 336 or email supportadvisor@samaritans.org.au

Professional Development & Training

Samaritans offers a variety of behaviour support professional development opportunities to people working in the non-government sector; from support staff to senior management. Click here to learn more.


Samaritans Disability Behaviour Support is part of the Samaritans ‘Clinical Services Unit’ (the CSU). This team also offers a range of other services, click here to learn more.

Contact Details

Phone Number
1300 656 336 (Option 2)
Contact Email
Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Hunter, Mid North Coast.