6th March 2012

On the 6th March 2012, the Challenging Behaviour – National Strategy Group met in Wales, for the first time. This enabled the group to widen interest in its work across other areas of the UK. The theme of the meeting was “Winterbourne View: What needs to change?”

The meeting started off with Roger Banks (Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board & Bangor University) giving an outline of the work of the CB-NSG. Richard Whitehead & Beth Greenhill, (Merseycare NHS Trust) then spoke about a human rights based approach to empower people with learning disabilities.

CB-NSGNeil Allen (Barrister and Lecturer, Manchester University) presented case studies of criminal practices in the care of people with learning disabilities. Lisa Hutchinson (Mencap Cymru & Bangor University) then spoke about the “Who’s challenging who?” training project. Simultaneous group sessions were also run on assessment and treatment units and quality checking.

Professor Richard Hastings (Bangor University) presented evidence on the benefits of using mindfulness techniques for family and carers of individuals whose behaviour challenges.Following this, Viv Cooper & Claire Crump (CBF) spoke about the recently launched “Friends of CBF” scheme and screened a clip of the Everybody Matters film project.

John Gillibrand (Family carer) talked about his experience caring for his son. This was followed by a presentation by Ray Jacques (Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board) about his experience in assessment and treatment provision and how this can move forward.

3 Action planning groups took place focussing on Quality Checking, Commissioning & Safeguarding. The day concluded with Dave Williams (Salford Learning Difficulty Service & North-West PBS network) talking about good practice in Salford and the work of the North-West positive behaviour support network.

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

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