Camilla Parker

Camilla is an experienced lawyer and independent consultant specialising in mental health and disability law and human rights and has researched, written and presented extensively on issues relevant to these areas. She regularly provides training for practitioners working in health, mental health, social care and children’s services.

Camilla has an in-depth knowledge of the legal and human rights issues arising from the mental health care of children and young people, which was the subject of her doctoral research (PhD Law, 2017) and is an area in which she has specialised for over ten years. She was the lead author of ‘The Legal Aspects of the Care and Treatment of Children and Young People with Mental Disorder: A Guide for Professionals’, Department of Health/ National Institute for Mental Health in England, January 2009. More recently, working as a consultant for the Department of Health, Camilla led on the work to revise the children and young people’s chapter in the Mental Health Act 1983 Code of Practice (now chapter 19 of the 2015 Code). Camilla is currently writing a book on adolescent mental health care and the law.

Prior to establishing her legal and policy consultancy in 1997, Camilla was Legal and Parliamentary Officer at Mind and before then worked as a solicitor in private practice. She was awarded an LLM in Human Rights and Civil Liberties (with Distinction) in 1993 and has taught on post-graduate courses, including at Cardiff University where she was a part-time teacher for the Legal Aspects of Medical Practice LLM and Social Care LLM (2012-2015). Camilla was  a legal and visiting member of the Mental Health Act Commission (1995-2000), a non-executive director/special adviser of a mental health NHS Trust (2000-2006) and a special adviser to the Joint Committee on Human Rights during their inquiry concerning the human rights of adults with learning disabilities (see House of Lords, House of Commons, Joint Committee on Human Rights ‘A life like any other? Human Rights of Adults with Learning Disabilities’, Seventh Report of Session 2007-08, March 2008).

Camilla is a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health and Disability Committee.

Selected publications

(2018) ‘We will have blood on our hands’: the judiciary shines a light on the inadequacy of adolescent mental health care, Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 40:1, 98-100, DOI: 10.1080/09649069.2018.1414386.

(2016) Trust A v X and others: The Ghost of Nielsen returns? Medical Law Review, 24(2) 268

(2016) Decision-making: the legal framework in Disabled Children: A Legal Handbook (eds Steve Broach, Luke Clements and Janet Read) 2nd edition, Legal Action Group (https://councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/sites/default/files/field/attachemnt/chapter-7.pdf )

What people say about Camilla:

“Excellent material and delivery”

“Thanks! Really helpful and will allow me to feel more competent”

“Excellent. Covered very complex area very well, interesting, thought provoking and clear.”

“Very good and clearly presented course that was directly relevant to my role as an AMHP. It will help me feel less anxious about assessing children/ young people”.

“An excellent overview of the available options to an AMHP. Some complex issues presented to us very clearly.”