The Challenging Behaviour Foundation launches new film Everybody Matters


Today we are launching Everybody Matters, a new film produced by the Challenging Behaviour Foundation(CBF) in partnership with Frameworks 4 Change. The project began as a response to the abuse uncovered at Winterbourne View private hospital. We wanted to show that alternative options exist for supporting people well within their local community, that good support is possible and that good lives are happening as a result.  

This powerful new film stars Colleen and Shaun, both of whom have learning disabilities and have been described as displaying challenging behaviour. This has meant in the past both have experienced poor support and had restrictive, unhappy and sometimes unsafe lives. Their stories show that everyone can be supported to live a full and active life in their community.  

The film also features two leading academics, Tony Osgood and the late Jim Mansell, who make a compelling case for local, personalised support. Early audiences have called Everybody Matters  “a really positive, informative and instructive film” and found it “very professional, very moving” and ‘very inspiring”.


Everybody Matters is now available on DVD. It’s free to family carers  and available for professionals to purchase on the CBF website. The DVD also includes the 10 minute original trailer. An urgent call to action, this clip was made soon after the abuse was uncovered at Winterbourne View and, distressingly, is just as relevant today.

We aim to disseminate the film as widely as possible and hope that it will prove a useful tool both for families looking to find good support for their relative and for professionals providing and commissioning support.

We are organising screenings of the film across the country and the next opportunity to view Everybody Matters will be at our CBF Social in Leeds on the 10th July.  We will also be showing the film at the Positive Behaviour Support Conference in Basingstoke on June 26th.

If you would like to host a screening we can arrange for a  CBF Local Champion to introduce and screen the film at your carers group, school or organisation. To request a screening  or book a place please email us at

Once you’ve seen the film, we’d love to hear your thoughts.  Let us know on the CBF Facebook page or on twitter @CBFdn  #everybodymatters

For more information, please download the full press release or contact

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