Plans for event in May are progressing

Dr Andrea Hollomotz from the University of Leeds is planning an event in partnership with Jenny Talbot, Prison Reform Trust; Ellie Gordon, Forensic Lead for the Learning Disabilities Programme, NHS England; and Clare Hughes, National Autistic Society. It will take place in central London in the beginning of May 2017 and is entitled: “Behaviour that challenges: planning services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism who sexually offend”.

This event is an opportunity for delegates from across criminal justice, health and social care to share insights, experiences and challenges of designing services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism who have (are at risk of, or are alleged to have) sexually offended. The aim of the seminar is to achieve improved outcomes for this group, rather than a rehearsal of the difficulties involved.

During the morning we will consider the health and justice pathways and hear about some of the challenges and possible solutions from the perspectives of national leaders. Lord Bradley will provide an opening address, and chair the morning panel session. Panellists are: James Bullion, ADASS Care and Justice National Network Lead and Director of Adult Operations, Essex County Council; Kate Davies, Head of Armed Forces and their Families, Health & Justice and Sexual Assault Services Commissioning, NHS England; Deputy Chief Constable Janette McCormick , Cheshire Constabulary and Joe Rafferty, Chief Executive, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.

The afternoon will focus on existing practice within service design and delivery, including practical examples of best practice and a ‘whole system’ approach. The discussion will draw on the national service model ‘Building the Right Support’ (NHS England, October 2015).

Delegates will be invited to contribute to, as well as learn from the event. It is hoped that event presentations and discussions will help to inform local strategies and practice, build networks and improve outcomes for people with learning disabilities and/or autism who sexually offend.