17th International Conference on Offenders with a Intellectual and/or Developmental Disability

This year Dr Andrea Hollomotz will be taking part in a panel discussion: The transforming care programme: is it working for those within the criminal justice system? Her presentation is entitled: Transforming Care does not work in the same way for everyone: reflections on discharge patterns of male sex offenders at Merseycare.

There will also be a jointed workshop lead by Dr Andrea Hollomotz, Pam Mount & Michelle Anwyl, Mersey Care from NHS Foundation Trust and a service user with John Hutchinson from New Focus. This is entitled: Experiencing a sex offender treatment program: service user voices and demonstration of tools.

More information about the conference, including abstracts for the above presentations, can be viewed here.



Behaviour that challenges: planning services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism who sexually offend

We are please to announce that our briefing paper Behaviour that challenges: planning services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism who sexually offend is now finalised.

This briefing paper it draws on presentations and discussions from a seminar we held in May 2017. It includes practice examples and suggests practical ways forward and makes recommendations to improve outcomes for some of the most vulnerable citizens in our society.

Presentation at the ATSA 2017 conference

Monika Egli-Alge and Meinrad Rutschmann are presenting about our project at the 36th Association For The Treatment Of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) 2017 conference in Kansas City, Missouri this week. The presentation is entitled: A Group Treatment for Sex Offenders with Intellectual Disability in Switzerland. The full conference brochure is available here.

Above: Monika’s snap of the ATSA band.

Event on 10th May 2017

On 10th May our event Behaviour that challenges: planning services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism who sexually offend brought together delegates from a range of settings across criminal justice, health and social care. The list of organisations that were represented includes, but is not limited to the following: NHS England and several NHS foundation Trusts, including Mersey Care, several local councils, Hampshire police, the Magistrates’ Court and Association, Crown Prosecution Services, Youth Offending Teams, National Probation Services, HMP Whatton, Ministry of Justice, Learning Disability England, BILD, Lucy Faithful Foundation, SOTSEC-ID, SOLVE Social Care and Health, New Focus and Resolve Care.

The event was organised by Dr Andrea Hollomotz (University of Leeds), Jenny Talbot (Prison Reform Trust), Ellie Gordon (Independent clinical advisor), Clare Hughes (National Autistic Society) and David Harling (NHS Improvements).

In the photo are (left to right): Jenny Talbot, Lord Bradley, Prof Murphy, Dr Neil Sinclair and Dr Tania Tancred.

Forio meets Mersey Care

Monika Egli-Alge and Meinrad Rutschmann from Forio, Switzerland, along with Andrea Hollomotz from the University of Leeds visited the Specialist Learning Disability Division at Mersey Care (Whalley site) today. In the morning, we met with the psychological treatment and research team, as well as two service users (not in picture below to preserve confidentiality) and exchanged knowledge about practice on groups treatments for men with intellectual disability who have sexually offended. In the afternoon, we had a look around the medium and low secure units and had the opportunity to meet further staff and service users.

Forio invited to deliver plenary at Manchester Conference

Monika Egli-Alge and Meinrad Rutschmann from Forio, along with Dr Andrea Hollomotz from the University of Leeds have been invited to deliver a plenary session about Forio’s treatment for men with intellectual disabilities who have sexually offended at the 16th International Conference on the Care and Treatment of Offenders with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disability in Manchester on 5th April 2017.


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.

Phase 2 fieldwork starting at Mersey Care

Our research assistant, Katie Place, is starting with us at Mersey Care’s Specialist Learning Disability Services based in Whalley, Lancashire today. She will spend the next three months developing a comprehensive database that will capture information on all the past and current patients of the sex offender treatment program.

She will extract information from the patient records on variables, such as offence history, psychometric test scores, personal demographic data, engagement with the treatment and the care pathway during and after completing treatment. If this is not held on record, patients will be followed up by Katie to gather data on recidivism.

The data will be analysed using descriptive statistics and multivariate analysis in SPSS as appropriate to identify outcome patterns.