Risk, Safety, Vulnerability and Protection (RSVP 2009)

Venue: Steps Theatre, Dundee

Location: Dundee, DD1 1DB, Scotland, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Nov 27, 2011 End Date/Time: Nov 27, 2011
Early Registration Date: Sep 20, 2009
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Over three years ago Dr Malcolm Cook (C.Psychol), Amy Sutherland and Angela Hall all associated with forensic psychology at the University of Abertay Dundee, as students and as staff, made a proposal to the CYPPC (Children and Young Person’s Protection Committee) in which they suggested that the understanding of vulnerability, specifically children in that case was badly managed and was urgently in need of reform to improve the procedure. However, they warned that part of the problem was the poor understanding of the failures. While it was clear that failures occurred and litany of errors were found the lack of improvement suggested that all things being equal the understanding of the heart of the problem was poor. It was suggested that a new system needed for both collating Multi-Agency Partnership Information, but that new procedures and guidelines were needed on the requirement to action, and finally a auditable system of accountability that would ensure that agencies failing to take action could be subject to sanction against individuals or the organisations themselves subject to inquiry. This was possible because new computer and communication technology which offered better command and control of resources and better analytic methods adopted from military intelligence work. The intelligence and decision making were viewed as vital because it was clear that many crucial decisions would always be made under conditions of partial information, ambiguity and uncertainty. This does not excuse the fact that in some cases the requirement to act, to find a secure place of safety, was urgently required and action was all too tragically late. It is this broad range of issues that will be examined in respect of children, young people, women at risk of abuse, the mentally ill and the elderly. The critical question is about multi-agency working and how we ensure that we get it right, and if it continues to go wrong how we understand it better and make the relevant parties accountable. This seems a fitting way to respond to the inquires on child cases such as Victoria Climbié, Baby P, and the local case of Brandon Muir. It is equally significant to reflect on the women who suffer child abuse needlessly, cases such as Christopher Clunis for the mentally ill, and the many elderly who have suffered abuse in homes and other institutions. We should no longer accept that this will happen but strive to prevent a catalogue of further cases.


The Wellgate Centre,
United Kingdom

Additional Information

Speaker: No charge Organisational or Charity delegate in a trio of delegates: £150 (includes lunch, single copy of CD-ROM & Post conference newletter, must book in advance) Standard delegate: £50 booking more than 3 weeks in advance Single charity delegate: £25 Organisational Delegate: £70 (includes lunch & CD-ROM) Legal Judicial Delegate: £60 (includes lunch & CD-ROM) Special delegate (for any individual with registered disability - proof required): £25 Student Delegate: £25 (including lunch) Please refer to website or contact us rsvp.vps@hotmail.co.uk for further information