8th International Conference on the Care & Treatment of Offenders with a Learning Disability

Venue: University of Central Lancashire, Preston

Location: Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Apr 16, 2009 End Date/Time: Apr 17, 2009
Abstract Submission Date: Jan 05, 2009
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Conference Announcement and Call for Papers

The 8th International Conference on the Care and Treatment of Offenders with a Learning Disability

Organised by the Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK

In Collaboration with:
5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Trust, Calderstones NHS Trust, Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Trust, North West Specialised Commissioning Team & Offender Healthcare Service for England and Wales

Thursday 16th and Friday 17th April 2009
University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK


This two day conference is now recognised as the foremost opportunity, in the UK and internationally, for reflection and sharing for services providing care for the Learning Disabled Offender, both in the public and independent health and social care sectors and the criminal justice system. The conference, and its published proceedings, has contributed to providing a platform for this speciality, often regarded as a minority interest by both health and criminal justice mainstream services.

The conference will provide an opportunity to hear presentations from eminent international speakers as well as smaller scale research and innovations in concurrent presentations. Hosted by the University of Central Lancashire the conference also offers unparalleled networking opportunities for delegates from the UK and overseas. The content area for both keynote and concurrent presenters includes:

1. Overview of Forensic Learning Disability Services from an International perspective
2. Benchmarking in Forensic Learning Disability Settings
3. Education and Training needs of staff
4. Focus on providing up to date information on legal aspects and complex needs
5. Treatment Approaches – what works?
6. Learning Disability and the Criminal Justice System
7. Residential and community supervision
8. Mental Health Legislation and the Learning Disabled Offender
9. Transcultural Issues
10. Autism Spectrum Disorders including Aspergers Syndrome

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 environment where practitioners, policy makers, researchers and advocates from multiple countries can find ongoing opportunities for learning and collaboration.

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

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. Papers are allocated 40 minutes and workshops 80 minutes in a concurrent format.

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
• Autism spectrum disorders including Aspergers Syndrome
• Offending focused interventions

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 on the ldoffenders website. 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 Conference Organiser two weeks before the conference. Do not type your name on the abstract page

Send your submission to Liz Kelly, Faculty of Health, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE UK or email ejkelly@uclan.ac.uk telephone +44 (0)1772 893809.

For further details and booking forms refer to www.ldoffenders.co.uk or contact Liz Kelly ejkelly@uclan.ac.uk

The deadline for the submission of papers is Monday 5th January 2009.

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 Police Service

Please note, presenters will be expected to pay the conference registration fee, which will be £285 plus VAT for the 2 days including conference dinner.