Chris is the Crisis Navigator at Commons and he works alongside out legal team as part of our holistic defence approach. Chris has a background in Mental Health Act and Care Act advocacy, working in secure mental health settings and in the community.
Chris has experience of supporting people with varied and complex needs to secure access to their rights, maintain their dignity and have their voices heard in secure hospitals and in community care settings. This has seen him support people with challenging detention under sections of the Mental Health Act, secure access to appropriate housing, challenge inadequate care provision and deprivations of liberty, and navigate complex safeguarding cases, as well as working with parents and children engaged in Family Court proceedings.
In mental health settings, Chris has also worked on projects focused on violence reduction, facilitating group-based conflict resolution and mediation work. Chris also continues to work alongside people with learning disabilities and autism to establish better understanding of their rights to care and welfare support, and advocate for their own independence and self-determination.