Conference Information

Stalking Minimising the risk

A conference organised by the Alice Ruggles Trust
in coordination with the Department of Criminology, University of Leicester

and with the support of Gateshead Community Safety Board

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.

Motivation for the conference

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.

By bringing together a range of practitioners in the criminal justice system, health services and probation services with academics from criminology, forensic psychology and other disciplines engaged in research related to stalking, 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.

Keynote and invited speakers

Our main keynote speaker will be Dr Lorraine Sheridan from Curtin University, Perth, Australia, a forenstic psychologist and internationally renowned expert on stalking who, together with Karl Roberts, authored the original Stalking Screening Tool used by poice forces across the UK. Lorraine is a Leicester graduate and lectured at the University between 2000 and 2007.

Our other keynote speakers are Karen Morgan-Read from the Strategy, Policy and Operations Division at the Crown Prosection Service and Dr Jane Monckton-Smith, Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Gloucestershire.

The titles of the three keynote talks will be announced shortly.

Panel sessions

The conference will feature five break-out panel sessions, running in parallel twice over, so that each delegate can attend two of them. They will focus on:

  • Multi-agency approaches to risk management
  • Educating and equipping front-line staff
  • Learning lessons from Domestic Homicide Reviews
  • Breaking the silence – challenges faced by employers in tackling stalking
  • Raising awareness among young people

Panel chairs and contributors will include Suky Bhaker, acting CEO of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust; Dave Thomason and Dan Price-Jones who lead the Cheshire Police Integrated Anti-Stalking Unit; Louise, the Young People’s ISAC at Paladin; Lisa Horder, Domestic Violence Champion responsible for running the MARAC within British Forces Germany, and Stuart Douglass, Lead Policy Officer for Community Safety and Safeguarding at Sunderland City Council and Alice’s DHR Chair.

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.

Who should attend

By bringing together a range of practitioners in the criminal justice system, health services and probation services with academics from criminology, forensic psychology and other disciplines engaged in research related to stalking, we hope to stimulate further integration and to improve best practice. Both experienced professionals and practitioners hoping to improve their knowledge are encouraged to attend.

The venue

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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