The 2nd International Conference on the Care and Treatment of Offenders with a Learning Disability

Venue: University of Central Lancashire

Location: Preston, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Apr 09, 2003 End Date/Time: Apr 11, 2003
Abstract Submission Date: Jan 06, 2003
Paper Submission Date: Mar 24, 2003
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In the United Kingdom services providing care for the Learning Disabled Offender, both in the NHS and independent health sectors and the criminal justice system, have struggled to find a platform for their speciality. Often professionals looking to share their expertise find themselves regarded as a minority interest by both health and criminal justice mainstream services and consequently are overlooked.

This three day international conference will exclusively focus on the needs of this group of individuals and will provide an opportunity to hear presentations from eminent international researchers as well as smaller scale research and innovations in concurrent presentations.

This conference to be held at the University of Central Lancashire will offer unparalleled networking opportunities for delegates from the UK and overseas. The content area for both keynote and concurrent presenters includes:

Overview of Forensic Learning Disability Services from a European and North American perspective
Benchmarking in Forensic Learning Disability Settings.
Roles of Joint Secure Commissioning Teams.
Education and Training needs of staff
Focus on the key offences: arson; sexual offences and violent behaviour
Treatment approaches – what works?
Learning disability and the criminal justice system (PACE, remand, representation in court, diversion issues, youth custody and prisons, probation services)
Forensic services for learning disability: residential, community supervision.
Mental Health Legislation and the learning disabled offender (review of the Mental Health Act, consent, capacity, the MHAC, common law)
Transcultural Issues

Conference Aims

This conference provides an opportunity for individuals from a range of organisations and agencies to meet together with the aim of

•creating an organisation/association where practitioners, policy makers, researchers and advocates from multiple countries could find ongoing opportunities for learning and collaboration.

•exchanging information on effective models of care, intervention strategies, research, training and policy making to be ready utilised in different countries to improve care on a local, regional and national basis.

Keynote Speakers include representatives from the USA, Germany, Holland and the UK

Call for Papers /Workshops

Papers / Workshops are invited from any discipline or perspective relevant to the management or care of learning disabled offenders or those requiring similar services. Proposals by practitioners, service users, decision and policy makers, as well as by academics, students, researchers and advocates are welcomed.

The organisers will consider papers relating to the following topics:

·Models of care for effective interventions (Clinical Interventions)
·Research programmes and results
·Policy Development
·Education and Training
·Organisational issues
·Personality Disorder
·Advocacy and User Issues
·Minority Issues
·Women’s Issues
·Dual Diagnosis
·Substance Abuse
·Transcultural Issues

Abstract Guidelines

Proposals should be titled clearly, limited to a maximum of 250 words and should be submitted by e-mail.

On a separate page please list:
·authors name and work address
·telephone number at work, fax and email address
·job title
·title of abstract submitted
·indicate if you wish to propose a workshop

Conference proceedings will be published. In order for this to be facilitated as soon as possible, presenters will be expected to submit a hard copy and disc copy of the full paper to the Emma Woodward, Conference Organiser two weeks before the conference.

Do not type your name on the abstract page

Send your submission to, Emma Woodward, Hospitality Services, Marsh Building, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE or email, telephone 01772 892654.

The deadline for the submission of papers is 6th January 2003.

Conference language

The official language of the conference is English.

Who should attend: -

The conference will be of interest to a wide audience including health, social care and criminal justice professionals working in:

Learning Disabilities Voluntary Organisations
Prison Service User Groups and Families
Social Work Community Services
Probation Education
Independent Sector

Site Visits

Site visits to nearby facilities serving Learning Disabled Offenders may be organised for participants if requested