In recognition of SCHC’s commitment to being a human rights-based organisation the Trust will join others across the world to mark International Human Rights Day.

SHSC will be hosting three distinguished expert speakers to talk about human rights and mental health. Moving from the personal to the national to the international, the speakers  will offer distinct perspectives on human rights in mental health.

This event will be beneficial to all staff, students and service users.


Welcome and housekeeping - 1pm to 1.05pm

  • Tallyn Gray

Introductory remarks: Why the Trust is choosing to celebrate Human Rights Day - 1.05pm to 1.15pm

  • Speaker to be confirmed

Human rights and restraint under detention (plus Q&A) - 1.15pm to 2.15pm

  • Alexis Quinn, Restraint Reduction Network

Alexis is a mother, educator, author and a person with lived experience. She knows first hand how traumatic restraint, seclusion and long-term segregation is for everyone involved. Alexis speaks of the importance of creating cultures that enable people, and see people as assets, not problems, and where genuine relationships are built on mutual trust and respect…cultures flourish when people’s rights, their families and their humanity are front and centre.

Break - 2.15pm to 2.35pm

The Human Rights Act in context of mental health legislation (plus Q&A) - 2.35pm to 3.35pm

  • Alan V Marshall, Sheffield Hallam University

Alan is Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Sheffield Hallam University. He specialises in mental health and law teaching on Continuous Professional Development postgraduate courses. He is a qualified AMHP, Practice Educator and social worker.

Break - 3.35pm to 3.55pm

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: A roadmap to improving human rights in mental health (plus Q&A) - 3.55pm to 4.55pm

  • Dr John Fanning, University of Liverpool

John is Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Liverpool, barrister and author of New Medicalism and the Mental Health Act (2018, Hart Publishing). His current projects explore the implications of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for English law, the use of the concept of risk as the legal basis for deprivations of liberty, and the legal and policy dilemmas which surround the case for reforming the Mental Health Act 1983.

To register your interest please email