Challenging behaviour: a human rights-based approach

Sandra Bailey, James Ridley, Beth Greenhill

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When the behaviour of people with intellectual disabilities challenges carers and services, complex and competing human rights issues may emerge. This article explores the human rights issues raised by both people's challenging behaviour and the attempts of others to respond to those behaviours. It is suggested that a human rights-based approach to challenging behaviour offers a vehicle for balancing the ethical issues involved. Key concepts and practical tools from within our service to support clinicians in working more ethically with people's challenges are introduced. The potential advantages of taking a human rights-based approach relative to other ethical approaches are also explored.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-26
JournalAdvances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010


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