History of Protective Behaviours

The Protective Behaviours process came into being in the 1970s in Wisconsin, America.  A woman who worked as a schools’ social worker, named Peg Flandreau West was working with lots of children who did not feel safe and they kept telling her.  Persisting, this would later be called, as one of the 7 Strategies in PBs.  Realising she was on the children’s, network and yet unable to respond both day and night, she developed the process to help the children she worked with feel more in control and emopowered to help keep themselves feeling safe even though they were perhaps living in unsafe situations, and that Peg could not be with them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

In the 1980s, Peg was invited to Australia to share the Protective Behaviours Process,  and further refine, develop and build on the framework she had formalised by that time.

The 1990s saw the PB Process succesfully spread to the UK, as Di Margetts came over from Australia and introduced the process to the Milton Keynes police services, providing training and information.  From there, the process grew, evolved and continued to gain momentum, dynamism and fans.

Today, the PB process continues to grow in popularity as it is recognised by more and more individuals, agencies and organisations as a paradigm for empowerment, self-reliance and promoting safer communication and safer interactions for people  of any age/stage.

The PB Process is promoted by PBPeople.org.uk