Seni’s Law: Detention and Race Interrogated

Community services

Course information

Upcoming Date: 05/02/2021
Upcoming Time: 09:15 - 16:00
Length: 1 Day
Cost: Free
Equivalent to 6 CPD hours

About the course

This event is a contribution to the current debate on race, the experience of mental health and mental health services, on detention and deaths in custody. It is open to all stakeholders, people with lived experience, carers, mental health professionals, activists, members of the legal profession and police.

Use of Force (Mental Health Units) Act 2018 – known as Seni’s Law – and the implementation guidance are the focus of the day. Seni Lewis died under police restraint in a mental health unit at the Bethlem Royal Hospital in 2010. His mother, a key collaborator in developing this event, campaigned for the Act and we are now working with her to support its implementation. Aji and Marcia Rigg, the sister of Sean Rigg who died in 2008, are central voices in the day.

The programme includes:

  • Sir Norman Lamb, Chair of South London & Maudsley: introductory comments;
  • Dr Maurice Lipsedge, Consultant Psychiatrist: on the controversial topic of “Excited Delirium”. Maurice is co-author of the influential 1981 book “Aliens and Alienists”;
  • Dr Lade Smith, Consultant Psychiatrist and Director of Forensic Services with SLaM: on the ‘Mental Health Act Review’;
  • Mike Franklin, SLaM Non Exec Director: on ‘Race and Detention, The Wider Picture’;
  • Natalie Creary. Black Thrive: keeping Black bodies out of harm’s way;
  • Deborah Coles, Director INQUEST: Are we really ‘learning lessons’: the search for accountability and change.
  • Rachael Whittaker: Health & Justice Policy Lead. Department of Health & Social Care: ‘Update on Seni’s Law implementation’;
  • Aji Lewis and Marcia Rigg in conversation with Raju Bhatt, the solicitor involved with many of these cases.

You can download the full programme for the day here:

Seni’s Law – Detention & Race Interrogated programme

We hope to progress the conversation in these difficult areas, and to contribute to the collaborative work across sectors and services to prevent future tragedies and protect black women such as Aji and Marcia from going through these losses again.









Course Information

Target audience

Consultant – psychiatry, CT1-3 – psychiatry, RMN, Service lead, ST4-7 – psychiatry, Team Manager

Length & Time
This course will be taking place online.
1 Day

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