11th March 2011

On the 11th March 2011 a meeting of the Challenging Behaviour – National Strategy Group (CB-NSG) was held focussing on current issues and policy for people with learning disabilities and behaviour described as challenging.

Cally Ward (Family carer lead, Valuing People) opened the proceedings by emphasising the importance of working in partnership with families. Professor Jim Mansell (Tizard Centre) then spoke on the subject of support for individuals with behaviour described as challenging in the current economic environment.

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Following this, Bruce Calderwood (Director of Mental Health and Disability, Department of Health) joined CB-NSG members to outline the current policy context and opportunities for individuals with complex needs.

A workshop focusing on The World Health Organisation Declaration: "Better health, better lives: Children and young people with intellectual disabilities and their families" led by Dr Roger Banks (Royal College of Psychiatrists) produced a list of priorities to feed into the CB-NSG response to this consultation about UK progress.

In parallel a workshop focussing on how family carers can raise complaints effectively, led by Jackie Edwards (Family carer) produced a number of suggestions for revisions to an information sheet for family carers which will be published at the next CB-NSG meeting.

SCIEHugh Constant (SCIE) launched three new 'At-a-glance' guides for family carers supporting people whose behaviour is described as challenging, developed by CB NSG members. 

Dr Umesh Chauhan reported his research findings on how health checks are working for people with learning disabilities and carers and Professor Eric Emerson explained the potential benefits of prevention and early intervention.

Action planning work for the group focussed on planning and commissioning collaboratively “Children’s and adult’s services will construct long term collaborative plans across education, social and health services and jointly develop and commission support and services to meet the needs of children and adults with learning disabilities, their families and carers”.

Written updates were provided by the steering group documenting all the progress since the last CB-NSG meeting.


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