Overview
Safety in Prisons and Police Custody Conference Thursday 18th October 2018, Central London

Confirmed Speakers
  • Baroness Harris of Richmond, Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords
  • Elizabeth Moody, Acting Prisons and Probation Ombudsman
  • Dr Rik Van de Kerckhove , Head, Prison Safety and Security Statistics in the Prison and Probation Analytical Services Program, Ministry of Justice
  • Ruth Sutherland CEO, Samaritans
  • Annie Norman Professional Lead in Learning Disabilities and Criminal Justice, Royal College of Nursing

  • “People in prison, prisoners and staff, are less safe than they have been at any other point since records began, with more self-inflicted deaths, self-harm and assaults than ever before” - Prison Reform Trust.

    Chaired by Baroness Harris of Richmond, Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords and expert speaker on Police and Crime matters, with an address from the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, our timely conference will tackle key issues relating to the decline in safety within police custody and our prisons, including:

    • health services in the criminal justice system and the rise of mental health related incidents
    • drug use and the rise of new psychoactive substances (NPS)
    • capacity and over-crowding, explore alternatives to prison and custody and look at the role of voluntary and private sectors in relation to community-based supervision
    • Staffing challenges; including recruitment, staff welfare and funding


    Agenda
    Start

    09:00 - 09:30
    Registration, tea, coffee and networking

     

    09:30 - 09:35
    Chair's opening remarks

     

    Speakers

    Baroness Harris of Richmond Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords

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    09:35 - 10:00
    Key-note Address

     

    10:00 - 11:25
    Healthcare

     
    10:00–10:20
    Identifying Shared Pathways between NHS, HMPS and the Police Force
    -       ‘care not custody’ approach   
    -       Inspections report from the CQC
    10:20-10:45
    Mental Health within Prisons and Police Custody
     

    Elizabeth Moody, Acting Prison and Probation Ombudsman (confirmed attendance)
    -       Preventing self-inflicted deaths in custody  
    -       Mental health training for staff
    -       Investigating Prisoners complaints
    -Substance misuse and mental health
     

    10:45-11:10
    Spotlight: self-harm in prisons
    Dr Rik Van de Kerckhove, HM Prison and Probation Service, Ministry of Justice, UK
    -identifying long term trends
    - methodological challenges: incident reporting versus self-declaring and issues such as noose making
    -operational challenge: findings on under-reporting and interaction with trends on self-inflicting deaths
                                                                                                                                               
    11:10-11:25
    ---------Questions and Answers with delegates--------


    Speakers

    Dr. Rik Van de Kerckhove Head, Prison Safety and Security Statistics in the Prison and Probation Analytical Services Program of the Ministry of Justice

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    Elizabeth Moody Acting Prisons and Probation Ombudsman

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    11:25 - 11:45
    Tea and Coffee break

     

    11:45 - 12:15
    Drug use and the rise of new psychoactive substances (NPS)

     
    • NPS and the law
    • What are the issues affecting law enforcement in this area?
    • NPS control in prisons and police custody

    12:15 - 13:00
    Capacity and over-crowding

     
    • Prison and custody population growth
    • Population churn/ increased mobility of prisoners and in-mates in custody
    • Alternatives to prison or custody  

    13:00 - 14:00
    Networking Lunch

     

    14:00 - 15:00
    Staffing challenges

     
    • Recruitment
    • Assaults against staff - Staff burnout and welfare
    • 1-year forecast

    End

    Speakers

    Baroness Harris of Richmond Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords

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    Elizabeth Moody Acting Prisons and Probation Ombudsman

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    Annie Norman Professional Lead in Learning Disabilities and Criminal Justice, Royal College of Nursing

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    Ruth Sutherland CEO, Samaritans

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    Dr. Rik Van de Kerckhove Head, Prison Safety and Security Statistics in the Prison and Probation Analytical Services Program of the Ministry of Justice

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    Venue details

    Central London - Westminster Central London - Westminster


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