Challenging Behaviour

BTH School Nurses LogoFor many parents, coping with a child’s challenging behaviour can be extremely difficult, and place a major stress and strain on both you and your family.

Difficult or challenging behaviour in children can occur for a number of reasons, for example:

  • As a way of expressing emotions
  • As a result of developmental delays or learning disability
  • As a result of attachment/relationship difficulties
  • Learned behaviours in which challenging responses have become habit in the face of frustration or anxiety.

Family Links offer lots of useful resources to help parents manage challenges with behaviour. Visit for more information.

Managing Challenging Behaviour

Blackpool Carers Centre offer a ‘Managing Challenging Behaviour’ course which aims to provide parents with strategies to help manage challenging behaviours and enables them to meet with others who are in similar situations which helps you to understand you are not alone.

The course is set out over four sessions:

  • What is challenging behaviour
  • Why challenging behaviour happens
  • Resilience and self confidence
  • Strategies for managing challenging behaviour.

The course is delivered over 2 days - 9.30am-2.30pm, or 4 evenings - 6.00-8.00pm.

Blackpool Carers, Beaverbrooks House, 147 Newton Drive, Blackpool FY3 8LZ.

The Managing Challenging Behaviour course is open to all parents living in Blackpool who have a child with challenging behaviour.

For further information or to book a place on the course, please contact Alison Brown on 01253 393748.

Respect Young Persons Programme (RYPP)

Blackpool Carers Centre also specialise in helping parents who care for someone with alcohol and/or substance misuse problems.

For more information, please call Carla Talbott on 01253 393748 for an informal chat, or email

Conflict between a young person and their parent/carer is often a normal part of growing up. When that behaviour crosses the line into abuse or aggression, it can be difficult to know where to turn. The Wish Centre Respect accredited programme can help.

Respect Young Person's Programme (RYPP) is a programme available to young people aged 10-16 where their behaviours are violent or aggressive towards a parent, carer or another family member. It aims to address behaviours that can increase risks in later life, such as:

  • Difficulty with attachment
  • Low empathy
  • High entitlement
  • Poor school attendance or academic achievement
  • Difficulty with emotional regulation
  • Problems with conflict resolution

The course seeks to improve:

  • emotional well-being (coping with anxiety, anger, depression, emotional self-regulation)
  • family communication and relationships
  • parenting confidence and skills
  • the young person’s insight to their own behaviour
The RYPP is delivered over 3-6 months via one or two face to face sessions per week - a total of 18 sessions - 9 with the young person, 7 with the parent and 2 with the whole family.
Contact The Wish Centre for further details on 01254 260465 or email

If you have any worries, concerns or questions about your child, the School Nurses can help.

You can contact us by phone or email. Click on 'how to contact us' for further details.