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We work alongside services and individuals who support children and adults. Our specialist training programmes and consultancy services will enable you to develop best practice approaches to understand, support and prevent behaviours that challenge. 

  • We are here to help you keep yourself, your staff and those you support safer.

  • We are here to help you improve the quality of life for everyone in your organisation

Our approach to behaviours that challenge stems from our practice and research-based roots. We are “person-centred” and focused on the wellbeing of your whole organisation. 


Person-centred means acknowledging that everyone has personal histories and relationships that influence who we are and our behaviour.

Whole organisational wellbeing means a commitment at every level to employing best practice and building a compassionate culture.

CALM is really a campaigning organisation disguised as a training company!

– recent CALM conference participant

We are not only a training company we are also CALMpaigners!


We have been campaigning for the rights of vulnerable people and leading the field of behaviour support for over 20 years. We pursue this cause, we are courageous and speak up, we disrupt traditional (and unhelpful) ways of thinking and practice.

We empower the movement by empowering YOU with ‘best practice’ skills, and the knowledge that you are doing the right thing for those you support – and yourself.


Practitioner, Campaigner… Researcher! 

One of the most important aspects of both our campaigning and our training is our commitment to the evidence.

Whether it’s our involvement in research, working parties, a public critique of new pieces of social policy, or the delivery of our training programmes or consultancy services, EVERYTHING WE DO is grounded in the latest research and academic theory.

Led by our Clinical Director, Dr. Brodie Paterson, our staff have deep and broad expertise across many fields of practice, academic theory and research and we are committed to keeping both our own practice and your practice informed by the current literature, evidence base and best practice wisdom.

The CALM Community

Our People, Our Purpose

We are passionate about the purpose of our work and the people we work alongside.

We invest in long-lasting relationships and are proud of the CALM Best Practice Community – a vibrant, collaborative community of individuals and organisations who share our values and aspirations.

A World of Wellbeing

Our Beliefs

We believe in a world where all people are supported by a system that upholds their human rights.

We believe in prevention strategies that reduce the need for restrictive practices and interventions.

And we believe that through compassion and understanding, we can promote the wellbeing of vulnerable individuals, their support community and our greater society.

Always there for you

Our Vision

Our vision is of services which consistently provide spaces and relationships which are safe, nurturing and therapeutic.

Of services which nurture, cherish and provide opportunities for learning and growth for their staff. 

Of services which focus not just on the issues around behaviour but on promoting human rights, enabling people to flourish with hope, joy and meaning in their lives.  

We Live By

Our Values

CALM leads from a strong set of values which inform everything we do:  

Passion

All staff at CALM are passionate, “purpose-full”, people.  We are practitioners, teachers, nurses, social workers, therapists, carers, foster carers, parents, researchers, academics and activists – all united in a need to ensure the safety and best possible support for vulnerable people. We want you to share our passion and get involved in the movement!

Quality

We have the best people, delivering the best training and support. Now, if it sounds as if we are blowing our own trumpet here… we are! For us, quality is paramount because the people you support deserve the best service provision possible. They deserve high-quality support that meets their needs and positively impacts their life experiences.

Courage

Courage is not necessarily a grand action but can be seen in the little things we do every day. Challenging the thoughts and actions of others; asking why things are done in a particular way; encouraging others to question their own way of doing things – and doing this even when all of these actions make you feel uncomfortable. CALM believes it follows through on its courageous aspirations by challenging you and your organisation to do the right thing…. not the easy thing.

Connection

The CALM Community is a vibrant, vocal, deeply connected one! We work hard to develop and maintain relationships in which thoughts, concerns, and solutions to the big and small everyday issues can be explored. CALM values our connection to the practice community and listens well. Our goal is to support you, your organisation, and the people you support in ways that help you to feel safer, place you at the centre of what we do now and our aspirations for the future.

Kindness

CALM kindness is tangible. We believe it requires courage to be kind – to challenge poor, ineffective and unsafe practices in your service. It takes passion to be kind – going the extra mile to think beyond yourself put others first. It takes strength and commitment to develop and maintain relationships. CALM kindness challenges us all to be focused on the people we support; to be connected with each other in ways that promote best practice; to be courageous in our actions to enhance people’s lives.

More than 20 Years in the making

Explore our History

Head back in time

CALM was founded by socialworker David Leadbetter as a counter-response to the widespread adoption of pain-based approaches such as ‘Control and Restraint’ in the late 1990s. During this period, there was no formal regulation and an extreme lack of guidance for the health, education, and social care sectors regarding challenging behaviour support. This led to untrained, unsupported, stressed staff, and unsafe – sometimes actively abusive – environments for vulnerable people.  

Dave also took issue with the dominant cultural narrative around challenging behaviour at the time. The societal lens was “all about the individual” and blame culture was rampant in human services. People who exhibited challenging behaviour were blamed for it as if they had “chosen” it. If staff couldn’t deescalate a situation they were to blame for their lack of competence.  

Dave felt a calling to try and find a better way forward – a way to keep everyone safe, AND increase quality of life for all.  

CALM developed from a collaborative-action research project which Dave undertook with several UK academics, prominent practitioners and national bodies. Its “whole organisation” lens embeds effective systems and proactive, preventative strategies that are proven to lead to a reduction in restrictive interventions and increased quality of life within support services. 

Take a look at some of our key milestones over the last two decades: 

Committed to the Movement

Meet the team

Hello! We’re pleased to meet you!  

We come from all over the globe and from many different backgrounds. 90% of us have worked in human services in some form ourselves – which means we know your joys, your challenges, your passions and your frustrations! We’ve been there. And this makes us best placed to help you achieve your vision of support. Come and get to know us – we’ve got stories and skills and smiles to share! 

Meet the team

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