Guest of Honour

Bob Neill MP Chairman of the Justice Select Committee, House of Commons and MP, Bromley & Chislehurst

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Overview

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Key-note speaker: Bob Neill MP, Chairman of the Justice Select Committee, House of Commons

Our full list of speakers:

  • Bob Neill MP, Chairman of the Justice Select Committee, House of Commons, and MP for Bromley and Chislehurst
  • (Chair) Baroness Harris of Richmond, Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords
  • Kate Davies OBE, Director of Health & Justice, Armed Forces and Sexual Assault Services Commissioning, NHS England
  • Elizabeth Moody, Acting Prisons and Probation Ombudsman
  • Steve Gillan, General Secretary, Prison Officer's Association (POA)
  • Andrew Harris, Senior Coroner for London Inner South
  • Anita Dockley, Research Director, The Howard League for Penal Reform
  • 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
  • Anne Norman Professional Lead in Learning Disabilities and Criminal Justice, Royal College of Nursing
  • Jamal Khan, Award-winning writer and ex-prisoner

“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.

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

 

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Baroness Harris of Richmond Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords (2000-2017)

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09:35 - 10:00
Key-note Address

 

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Bob Neill MP Chairman of the Justice Select Committee, House of Commons and MP, Bromley & Chislehurst

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10:00 - 11:25
Healthcare

 
10:00 - 10:25 Identifying Shared Pathways between NHS, HMPS and the Police Force
Kate Davies OBE, Director of Health & Justice, Armed Forces and Sexual Assault Services Commissioning, NHS England
  • The Rebalancing Act
  • ‘Care not custody’ approach
  • Early intervention and assessment
  • The importance of information sharing
    10:25 - 10:50 Mental Health within Prisons and Police Custody Elizabeth Moody, Acting Prison and Probation Ombudsman
    • Preventing self-inflicted deaths in custody 
    • Mental health training for staff
    • Investigating Prisoners complaints
    • Substance misuse and mental health
    10:50 - 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

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    Kate Davies OBE Director of Health & Justice, Armed Forces and Sexual Assault Services Commissioning, NHS England

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    Elizabeth Moody Acting Prisons and Probation Ombudsman

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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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    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
    • Overcoming advances in technology-such as the use of drones for the entry of drugs to prisons. 
    • NPS control in prisons and police custody

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

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    12:15 - 12:45
    Capacity and over-crowding

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

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    Anita Dockley Research Director, The Howard League for Penal Reform

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    12:45 - 13:15
    Staffing challenges

     
    • The damaging influence of budget cuts
    • Recruitment problems for Prisons 
    • The need for the promised improvements in leadership.
    • Assaults against staff - Staff burnout and welfare
    • The need for staff to feel they are supported, and recognised by those at the top and those in Government
    ------ Questions and Answers with delegates -------

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    Steve Gillan General Secretary, Prison Officers Association (POA)

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    13:15 - 14:15
    Networking Lunch

     

    14:15 - 14:45
    Preventing Deaths in Custody: A Coroner's perspective

     
    • The Coroner’s investigation
    • Lessons from Preventing Future Death Reports

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    Andrew Harris Senior Coroner for London Inner South

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    14:45 - 15:05
    “Words within Walls”: A Testimonial

     

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    Jamal Khan Writer, Performer and ex-prisoner

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    15:05 - 15:10
    Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

     

    End

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    Kate Davies OBE Director of Health & Justice, Armed Forces and Sexual Assault Services Commissioning, NHS England

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    Anita Dockley Research Director, The Howard League for Penal Reform

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    Steve Gillan General Secretary, Prison Officers Association (POA)

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    Andrew Harris Senior Coroner for London Inner South

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    Baroness Harris of Richmond Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords (2000-2017)

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    Jamal Khan Writer, Performer and ex-prisoner

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    Elizabeth Moody Acting Prisons and Probation Ombudsman

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    Bob Neill MP Chairman of the Justice Select Committee, House of Commons and MP, Bromley & Chislehurst

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    Anne 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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