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Vivien Cooper OBE

Doctor of the University

July 2015

Vivien Cooper OBE is Chief Executive of the Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF), a small national charity providing information and support to professionals and families caring for individuals with severe learning disabilities and behaviour described as challenging. She earned an MA in Management of Community Care from the University of Kent in 2005, having completed her BA in Psychology at Portsmouth Polytechnic.

After her experience with her son, Vivien Cooper set up the charity to support families who care for young people with severe learning disabilities. He had to leave home when he was nine and go to a specialist residential school in Lancashire, over 270 miles from the family home, because it was the only place that had the knowledge to cater for his severe learning disabilities.

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation started 15 years ago from the garage of her home, with a borrowed photocopier and a group of dedicated friends; today it helps almost 2,000 families across the country.

Vivien Cooper has contributed to a number of leading journals in the field, including the British Journal of Social Work, the Tizard Learning Disability Review, the Journal of Intellectual Disability Research and, Child: Care, Health and Development. Through the CBF, Vivien established, and now chairs, the Challenging Behaviour National Strategy Group.

In 2012 she was awarded the Order of the British Empire for services to People with Severe Learning Disabilities and their Families.

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