Bernard Allen 

B.A., P.G.C.E., D.A.E.S., M.B.Ps.S 


Expert Witness in cases involving education, health & safety, learning disability, behaviour management, risk management, safeguarding children & adults, balanced reduction in risk, restraint and restriction, guidance and training in personal safety and physical restraint.


Bernard Allen has worked with children and young people who exhibit serious challenging behaviour for over 20 years. With 12 years experience as a School Principal in a series of successful schools, he has also advised government departments, local authorities and independent organisations on the development of policy, guidance and training.  


He served as a member of the National Advisory Group on Special Education, was a Trustee of the National Control & Restraint (General Services) Association, and is a member of the National Executive of ENGAGE in their future, the national association for schools catering for children and young people with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. In 2016 he was a member of the expert group established by the Secretary of State for Justice to review restraint practices in Secure Training Centres. His work is quoted in a number of official reports and guidance documents. He is a Principal Tutor and author of the training manuals for Team-Teach Ltd, the largest independent provider of training in the reduction of risk, restraint and restriction for children’s services in the UK.


He has lectured in schools, colleges and universities providing training across the UK, Europe, Canada, Jamaica, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. He has appeared on BBC Newsnight and worked with several film companies.

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