Dave Traxson has been a practising educational psychologist for thirty-five years specialising in ‘positive behaviour management’ and has witnessed the relentless rise of pharmaceutical interventions to control children’s’ social behaviour which he finds systemically and ethically questionable. Dave says that the increased use of these psychiatric drugs, which are often designed for adult populations, with younger and younger children raises major Safeguarding concerns. He started campaigning against this situation after some distressing personal casework experiences.
Dave has been a committee member of the Division of Educational and Child Psychology of the British Psychological Society for five years and with colleagues has organised conferences etc. to highlight issues in this problematic field. Dave was a member of the NICE ADHD Guidelines Committee which published in March 2018. He endeavoured to help to improve the safeguarding processes, such as pathways for the under sixes, within those guidelines which are current for the next ten years, affecting clinical practice positively. Dave also chairs a public policy pressure group called C.A.L.M. which stands for Child-friendly Alternatives to Labelling & psychiatric Medications which is trying to highlight and challenge our three main concerns but particularly is seeking a ban of the use of the three categories of psychiatric drugs with children under the age of six years old, as happens in some other societies.