Stalking  Minimising the risk

A one-day conference organised by the Alice Ruggles Trust in collaboration with the Department of Criminology, University of Leicester and with the support of Gateshead Community Safety Board

10 October 2019, Stamford Court, University of Leicester

In a nutshell...

Risk management in stalking needs to bring together a range of expertise. This pioneering conference will highlight current best practice and current academic research, and seek better ways to coordinate them.


Alice Ruggles was murdered by her ex-partner on October 12, 2016 following a relentless campaign of stalking. Alice's case featured quite extensively in the local and national media and has been the subject of three TV documentaries. The Alice Ruggles Trust, set up by Alice's family, is raising both professional and public awareness as well as campaigning for improved legal measures in dealing with stalking.

The Domestic Homicide Review into Alice’s case, published in March 2019, identifies numerous failings by the police, army and other agencies and contains a range of recommendations at the local and national level, including for the Home Office and MoD.

Practitioner conferences and professional training sessions typically make reference to well established guiding principles such as Paul Mullen and Troy McEwan’s Stalking Risk Profile, and recent research such as Jane Monckton-Smith’s Intimate Partner Femicide Timeline. However, risk management in stalking is a very complex field bringing together different cross-disciplinary approaches, and it is clear that current practice could be better integrated with current academic research across the board.


Aims of the conference

By bringing together a range of practitioners and academics we hope to stimulate better integration and to improve best practice.

We are also looking to highlight progress that has been made both in the 3 years since Alice’s death and in the 6 months since the release of the DHR. We aim to adopt recommendations that will have practical impact at a national level beyond the messages that we hope will be taken away and acted upon by all the delegates.


Who should attend

Practitioners in the police, CPS, judiciary, health and probation services together with academics from criminology, forensic psychology and other disciplines engaged in research related to stalking. We hope to stimulate further integration between these groups in order to improve strategies to tackle stalking and thus make victims safer.


Keynote speakers

Lorraine Sheridan, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Curtin University, Perth, Australia, is a forenstic psychologist and internationally renowned expert on stalking. Together with Karl Roberts, she authored the original Stalking Screening Tool used by police forces across the UK. Lorraine is a Leicester graduate and lectured at the University between 2000 and 2007. Her talk is entitled “What do stalking victims need? Some practical advice”.

 
Karen Morgan-Read works in the Strategy, Policy and Operations Division at the Crown Prosecution Service.
 
 

Jane Monckton-Smith, Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Gloucestershire, specialises in homicide, stalking and coercive control.
 


The conference will feature six workshop sessions focusing on more specific topics. These will run in parallel twice over, so that each delegate can attend two of them, and will generally have two different chairs. Each workshop chair will spend a few minutes setting the scene and then lead a structured discussion on various issues, ensuring that as many people as possible get a chance to contribute. The topics are:

  • The role of multiple agencies in risk management;
  • Educating and equipping front-line staff;
  • Learning lessons from Domestic Homicide Reviews;
  • Breaking the silence—challenges faced by employers in tackling stalking;
  • Cyberstalking; and
  • Raising awareness among young people.

Workshop chairs and panelists will include

  • Dave Thomason and Dan Price-Jones, who lead the Cheshire Police Integrated Anti-Stalking Unit;
  • Emma Kay, Neighbourhood Inspector for Peterlee, Durham Constabulary
  • Suky Bhaker, acting CEO of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust;
  • Louise, the Young People’s ISAC at Paladin;
  • Tricia Bernal, co-founder of Protection Against Stalking;
  • Stuart Douglass, Lead Policy Officer for Community Safety and Safeguarding at Sunderland City Council and Alice’s DHR Chair;
  • Liz Yardley, Professor of Criminology at Birmingham City University; and
  • Lucy Neville, Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Leicester.

On the booking form you will be asked which two panel sessions you think you are likely to attend. This is for planning purposes only, so that we can book appropriately sized rooms.

09:00–09:30

Arrival and registration           

09:30–10:00

Introduction and opening

10:00–10:45

Lorraine Sheridan: “What do stalking victims need? Some practical advice”

10:45–11:15

Coffee/tea break

11:15–12:15

Workshops (first session)

12:20–13:00

Karen Morgan-Read

13:00–14:00

Lunch break           

14:00–14:40

Jane Monckton-Smith

14:45–15:45

Workshops (second session)

15:45–16:15

Coffee/tea break

16:15–17:30

Closing plenary
Feedback from workshops and conference recommendations

Stamford Court at University of Leicester, where the conference will be held

Stamford Court is a dedicated conference centre which we will have full and exclusive use of throughout the day. It is in delightful surroundings in the outskirts of the city (Oadby), and there is ample free parking. The main hall (shown in the picture) has room for 200 delegates seated in “cabaret” style, and there are eight smaller training rooms of various sizes which will be used for some of our break-out panel sessions and are also available for informal discussions. A two-course buffet lunch will be served in the central hospitality lounge, where coffee and tea are available all day, not just in scheduled breaks.

Further information and booking

This page will be updated with further information as it becomes available.

The cost is £95 including lunch and refreshments, and early booking is advised. A reduced rate of £35 is available for third-sector participants (i.e those working for charities and voluntary organisations). A limited number of cut-price places (£15) are also available for postgraduate students in criminology and related subjects.

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