Structure is the most fundamental step in the Foundations of Good Support. Without it, any other efforts to improve support for people with a learning disability or mental health need are at risk of failure.

By the word “structure” we mean a deliberate arrangement of events, activities, routines, rituals, interactions and opportunities over time, so that they happen predictably. We would expect structure to be derived from, and built around, the individuals concerned, not imposed without regard to personal preference, nor vary as a result of support staff differences.

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You can view more videos on how to support structure on YouTube.

Why is structure important for someone with a learning disability or mental health need?

Good structure enables people to anticipate what is happening, provides a shape to the day and an organised framework for support.

A learning disability or mental health need affects a person’s ability to understand or remember the information they need to create and maintain their own personal structure. So people requiring support will have at least
as great need for structure as everybody else but without all (or many) of the skills to manage it for themselves.

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This resource is part of the Foundations of Good Support - a step by step guide to assessing the quality of support being provided for people with learning disabilities and/or autism, and identifying what might need changing in order to improve it.