Overview

In January 2023, the Home Office published a review on Stalking Protection Orders (SPOs) outlining their impact since their introduction. While this report found that they were an effective tool in tackling stalking, it also highlighted that more work needs to be done to tackle stalking throughout the country. In order to support victims of stalking and drive improvements in support services, robust partnerships across police, the criminal justice system and the voluntary sector must be formed so that practitioners can support victims of stalking more effectively. Through sharing and engaging with best practice across the public sector, practitioners can work to support the safety of victims of stalking.

  • The Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates that 2.5 million people every year experience stalking in England and Wales
  • According to the Suzy Lamplugh trust, about 0.1% of stalking cases result in a conviction
  • 91% of respondents to a study by Sussex Stalking Support reported that they suffered from mental health problems following the experience of being stalked

Join us at The Tackling Stalking and Harassment Conference 2024 to hear the latest policies and initiatives from experts across the public and voluntary sectors in supporting victims of stalking. You will hear best practice case studies covering a range of key topics, including engaging with perpetrators, restorative justice and supporting victims when reporting offences. You will also have the opportunity to network with colleagues from a range of sectors to share common challenges in working in partnership to support victims of crime.

Why Attend:
✓ Hear the latest national updates and funding for supporting victims of stalking
✓ Best practice strategies for providing effective wrap-around support to victims of stalking
✓ Hear exemplary case studies from a range of police forces and charities
✓ Network with speakers and senior colleagues from across the public sector
✓ CPD (gain 8 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota)

For more information please call 0330 058 4285

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Agenda
  • Online Registration

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks 

    Dr Katy Proctor, Senior Lecturer, Glasgow Caledonian University (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Tackling Stalking: The Latest Government Guidance and Updates

    • Outlining current trends and statistics in cases of stalking and harassment across the UK
    • Prioritising prevention: advice on addressing the attitudes and behaviour that underpins stalking and harassment
    • Key findings and recommendations from the 2023 review of Stalking Protection Orders
    • Supporting victims and pursuing perpetrators: detailing funding provisions to support people experiencing stalking

    Senior Representative, Home Office (invited)

  • Keynote: The Multi-Agency Approach: Fostering Local Collaboration to Support Victims of Stalking

    • Developing communication strategies and effective pathways between local stakeholders to prevent escalation in cases of stalking
    • Advocating to transform the experiences of victims of stalking while navigating the criminal justice system
    • Tips for safely sharing data and enabling discussion and knowledge-sharing to create long-term approaches to tackling harassment
    • Strategies for tackling the court backlogs and supporting victims amidst delays in the criminal justice system

    Suky Bhaker, Chief Executive Officer, Suzy Lamplugh Trust (invited)

  • Question and Answers 

  • Comfort Break

  • Lived Experience: Understanding and Addressing the Challenges that Victims of Stalking Face

    • Insights into providing person-centred policies and initiatives in support of victims of stalking
    • Guidance on supporting the mental health and wellbeing of victims of stalking
    • Identifying effective support measures for victims of stalking during criminal justice proceedings and sharing areas for improvement

    Lived Experience Speaker (invited)

  • Case Study: Adopting a Trauma-informed Approach to Support the Wellbeing of Stalking Victims

    • Practical tips to support victims to improve their emotional wellbeing and quality of life after experiencing stalking
    • Understanding trauma-responses and providing short and long-term coping mechanisms to manage them effectively
    • Training staff to support the mental health and wellbeing of stalking victims with complex needs
    • Supporting victims of stalking to build and maintain healthy support networks and manage relationships effectively

    Stacey Bradburne, Violence against Women and Girls Coordinator, Tower Hamlets Council (invited)

  • Case Study: Supporting Victims of Stalking to Report Crimes and Provide Evidence in Criminal Proceedings

    • Upskilling staff to sensitively engage with victims of stalking and encourage them to report offences
    • Safeguarding victims: outlining appropriate procedures and protocols to protect victims of stalking
    • Providing a person-centred approach when supporting victims disclosing crimes by implementing a variety of reporting methods
    • Key considerations in supporting victims of stalking to gather and share evidence while prioritising their personal safety

    Detective Inspector Victoria Ison, Safeguarding Inspector, Staffordshire Police (invited)

  • Questions and Answers 

  • Lunch Break

  • Keynote: Raising Awareness to Prevent Stalking: Engaging Communities and Upskilling Staff

    • Creating an effective campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of stalking and prevent the bystander effect
    • Sharing support and guidance for senior management teams to embed stalking and coercive control into training schemes for all staff
    • Working collaboratively across the police and local government to raise local awareness on stalking prevention initiatives
    • Engaging with victims of stalking to keep their experiences at the forefront of policies and campaigns
    • Supporting frontline practitioners to adopt a trauma-informed approach when engaging with victims of stalking to prevent re-traumatisation

    Professor Clive Ruggles, Co-Founder, Alice Ruggles Trust (invited)

  • Case Study: Adopting a Restorative Justice Approach to Centre the Victim Voice During Criminal Justice Proceedings

    • Outlining the potential effectiveness of restorative justice in preventing reoffending and facilitating closure
    • Identifying cases where restorative justice is suitable and supporting victims to share their experience in a safe environment
    • Educating perpetrators on harmful actions and forming partnerships with external agencies to reduce reoffending
    • Creating safe spaces for the victim and offender to have managed communication with each other to enable open and honest conversation
    • Training staff to sensitively engage with restorative justice proceedings to improve outcomes for victims

    Police Sergeant Rocky Hussain, Restorative Justice Practitioner, Suffolk Constabulary (invited)

  • Questions and Answers 

  • Breakout Networking: Measuring the Impact of Initiatives to Tackle Stalking: Overcoming Challenges and Sharing Successes

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the main challenges you face in measuring the successes and failures of initiatives to tackle stalking in your organisations. You will gain insights from colleagues across the sector and discuss challenges and solutions.

  • Comfort Break

  • Adopting an Intersectional Approach to Tackling Sexual Harassment and Engaging Young People in Prevention Initiatives

    Debi Steven, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Action Breaks Silence (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Engaging With Perpetrators of Stalking in Initiatives to Prevent Further Harm

    • Identifying and delivering early intervention for individuals displaying potentially harmful attitudes and behaviours
    • Guidance on working within the criminal justice system to reduce reoffending from perpetrators
    • Community initiatives: engaging with men locally to facilitate practical, long-term solutions
    • Supporting male victims of stalking to seek tailored support and safety

    Dr Kirsty Butcher, Clinical Lead at the Hampshire Stalking Intervention Service, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Chair’s Summary and Close

    *Programme subject to change

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Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors.

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285

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Pricing
  • Private Sector Rate:: £649.00+VAT
  • Public Sector Rate:: £449.00+VAT
  • Voluntary Sector Rate:: £379.00+VAT