The idea for establishing a formal Protective Behaviours Association is based on a desire to preserve the integrity and authenticity of the process initially introduced in the 1970s in Wisconsin, USA and then developed further by Donna Fortin and Di Margetts.

The Protective Behaviours Association commits to:

  • preserve the integrity of the Protective Behaviours process as described by Peg Flandreau West and developed by Donna Fortin and Di Margetts
  • maintain a high standard of professional conduct consistent with the Protective Behaviours process
  • promote and encourage the development of training in Protective Behaviours to a range of agencies
  • promote, encourage and facilitate the education and development of Protective Behaviours trainers
  • promote consistency in training, through moderation activities, meetings and observations throughout the Association, sharing good practice and identifying areas for development.
  • support professional discussions in line with Protective Behaviours Theme 2: ‘We can talk with someone about anything, even if it feels awful or small’, among all members of the Association
  • promote safe relationships with other societies or international bodies capable of assisting in the development of the objects of the Association
  • undertake research in and promote knowledge of Protective Behaviours and its applications through a range of means, including contributing to publications and maintaining an archive

Every member of the Association signs up to these objects.

If you are interesting in joining, please visit the Membership page.

The Protective Behaviours Association is run according to a Constitution. This is available to view below.

PBA Constitution

Currently-elected council members

Helen Longstaff
Lucy Holbrook
Immediate Past President
Ann Seal
Sally Ann Hart
PB Trainer
Melanie Pearson
PB Trainer
Fiona Fletcher
Elder or Retired Trainer
Joc Rose
Trainee PB Trainer
Kate Pordage
Specialist Practitioner
Claire Frogley

*Elected Executive Officers - 2-year term of office    ** Elected Officers - 1-year term of office

Council may co-opt to fill vacancies to the above posts - vacancy to be filled by member of category for which the vacancy exists.
Council may also co-opt up to 3 members by way of addition to Council - additional co-opted members may be of any category of membership.
Co-opted Council members will retire at the AGM following co-option and can apply again to fill further vacancies.