Steven Allen is a Campaigns Director of the Mental Disability Advocacy Centre (MDAC), an international human rights organisation using the law to secure justice, inclusion and equality for people with mental disabilities worldwide. He is responsible for overseeing MDAC’s international and domestic campaigns work, including managing advocacy, research, policy and law reform programmes.
Steven regularly represents MDAC before regional and international bodies, including at the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. His involvement in mental health law and policy came from his own experience of seeking justice following his mother’s death whilst detained in a psychiatric hospital in London. Prior to MDAC, Steven was a specialist in facilitating conflict resolution programmes, including for young people with mental health issues, in the UK and the Middle East. He has over ten years of experience in conducting monitoring of institutional settings including social care institutions, psychiatric hospitals, and was an independent statutory monitor of a young offenders’ prison for five years. He holds an LLB from the University of London.