PROACT-SCIPr-UK® means Positive Range of Options to Avoid Crisis and use Therapy, Strategies for Crisis Intervention and Prevention.


PROACT-SCIPr-UK – It’s a system that was first developed in New York and has been revised by the Loddon School and is now nationally recognised and implemented throughout the United Kingdom. It is specifically promoted and accredited by the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD).

PROACT-Scipr-UK programme

The focus of the PROACT-Scipr-UK programme is to help individuals to maintain self control, to enable all staff working with people with developmental disabilities and challenging behaviours to engage in proactive methods of positive behaviour support.

PROACT-SCIPr-UK® emphasises a proactive rather than reactive approach to behaviours and integrates entirely with individualised person-centred planning and TEACCH structure.

PROACT-SCIPr-UK® is used in the management of challenging behaviours providing a structure of support that minimises the use of physical intervention. Such interventions when used strictly adhere to the code of practice outlined in the Department For Education and Skills ‘Valuing People’, (July 2002), and British Institute of Learning Disabilities ‘Code of Practice’, (2001).

As well as Loddon School, Loddon Training & Consultancy is the hub of PROACT-SCIPr-UK® a whole approach to support which focuses on prevention rather than intervention.

PROACT-SCIPr-UK® was one of the first organisations to gain BILD accreditation in 2002 and with a change in emphasis from reactive to proactive strategies generally in the UK prompted us to the move from *SCIP® to PROACT-SCIPr-UK®.

The 2015 re-accreditation of PROACT-SCIPr-UK® reported:

‘Overall I found this to be a good submission, which if anything does not fully reflect the quality of the systems and practice which make PROACT-SCIPr-UK® an excellent ambassador for the BILD Code of Practice. In short stating that PROACT-SCIPr-UK® exceeds the requirements of the BILD Code of Practice, for which the Loddon Foundation is very proud.

PROACT-SCIPr-UK® –  a brief history…

Positive Range of Options to Avoid Crisis and use Therapy – Strategies for Crisis Intervention (revised for the UK) has its roots in the original Strategies for Crisis Intervention and Prevention (SCIP) Programme from the Office of Departmental Disabilities (OMRDD) – State of New York. The programme focused on supporting staff to teach service users to maintain control and to engage in proactive methods of behaviour change.

The Loddon School was established in 1988 using the fundamentals of this approach and extending it to focus on the ‘whole person’. Since then it is often referred to as ‘the whole approach’ to supporting people who may from time to time display behaviours of concern. It’s effectiveness is corroborated by data collected within the school which is documented in a paper; ‘Fully immersed – progress working for 20 years with an individual who had been in an institution since infancy and how he has helped to develop approaches to learning’ by Marion Cornick in 2009.

The PROACT-SCIPr-UK® whole approach is a continuously evolving approach developed by staff from the Loddon Foundation and influenced by practice within the School, colleagues from Liaise Loddon and other external organisations.

PROACT-SCIPr-UK® is underpinned by the work of: Gary Mesibov – TEACCH, Gary LaVigna – IABA, Dave Hewett – Intensive Interaction, and Jody Hoffmann – Positive Approaches and is delivered in context considering the law and guidance within the UK.