2019 Annual Conference

Reducing restrictive practices or promoting quality of life?

3rd & 4th October 2019

The Hampshire Centre Court Hotel, Basingstoke Hampshire


To discuss the theme of reducing restrictive practices or promoting quality of life’, a timely debate with the raised profile of restraint and the emphasis on minimising restrictive practices.


  • To inspire, and provide links between theory and practice
  • To provide practical ideas which may be interpreted in to everyday practice
  • To create a networking opportunity.

 Target Audience

Representatives from commissioners, organisations, parents and carers who provide support to individuals who may present with challenging behaviour in a variety of settings to include Autism, Learning Disability and Mental Health services as well as Dual Diagnosis.  Many will be PROACT-SCIPr-UK® Instructors.

Confirmed speakers

Tony Osgood – Senior Lecturer in Intellectual & Development Disabilities, Tizard Centre, University of Kent who will discuss the topic from a positive behaviour supports perspective.

Dr. Owen Price BSc, MSc, RMN. Owen is a researcher in the area of patient perspectives and de-escalation techniques, a registered mental health nurse and lecturer at the University of Manchester. Owen will present on De-escalation and the perspectives of staff and patients.

Beth Morrison – Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Positive and Active Behaviour Support Scotland. Beth is the parent of Callum and a PBS expert. She will speak of Callum’s journey and the role of Positive Behaviour Supports in supporting Calum to have a good quality of life.

Mair Elliott – Mental Health & Autism Campaigner. Mair has autism spectrum disorder and has been battling serious mental illness since she was 14. She spends her time campaigning for improved services and increased awareness of both mental health and autism. Mair is a trustee of Hafal, Wales’ largest service provider to people with mental illness, a research champion for the National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH) based at Cardiff University, a Time to Change Wales youth champion, and contributes to projects run by Disability Wales, Pembrokeshire People First and Pembrokeshire County Council. Mair will present on the importance of quality service provision for people with mental health conditions and / or autism.

Nick Barratt – BCBA. Nick specialises in Positive Behaviour Support and Organisational Behaviour Management. Nick will speak around reducing challenging behaviour of adults with intellectual disabilities in supported accommodation.

John Diamond – BA (Hons) MA in Therapeutic Child Care, MA in Consultation & The Organisation. John is the CEO of the Mulberry Bush organisation and founder and chair of the International Centre for Therapeutic Care. John’s presentation will focus on the importance of considering the implications of trauma and attachment disorder when providing specialist therapeutic support.

Belinda Schwehr – Volunteer Chief Executive and Founder Centre for Adults’ Social Care – Advice, Information and Dispute Resolution (CASCAIDr). Belinda practised as a barrister, then taught Public Law in University Law Schools. She then went on to develop a specialised practice in Adult social services, mental capacity, health care law and human rights, however she came to the conclusion that she could have a wider impact if she specialised and trained councils how to do it lawfully rather than wait for cases to come her way. This she did through her business Care and Health Law. Belinda is also the creator of the material and webinars supplied to CASCAIDr. The title of Belinda’s presentation is: Restraint, restriction, weighing up the Mental Capacity Act and your duty of care, against commissioners.

There will also be a variety of workshops providing knowledge and practical skills for professionals, organisations, parents and carers, and an opportunity to celebrate good practice at an Awards Dinner on the evening of 3rd October 2019.