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SOCAMRU Prevention Conference 2020 - event postponed

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Unfortunately, this event has been postponed and will be rescheduled in the 2020/21 academic year.

Please review our website for other events you may be interested in attending.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused.

  • From: Wednesday 20 May 2020, 9 am
  • To: Wednesday 20 May 2020, 5 pm
  • Registration: 9.00 am
  • Location: Level 0, Teaching and Learning Building, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS
  • Cost: £65 standard delegate rate | £25 NTU students and staff
  • Booking deadline: Wednesday 13 May 2020, 5.00 pm
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Event details

NTU’s Sexual Offences, Crime and Misconduct Research Unit (SOCAMRU), in association with the Safer Living Foundation, is hosting its second annual Prevention Conference on Wednesday 20 May 2020.

The SOCAMRU Prevention Conference aims to bring together academics, practitioners, and other relevant individuals and organisations working towards the prevention of sexual abuse. Not only does it hope to promote the benefit of rehabilitation for individuals who have committed sexual offences, it also aims to promote the development and implementation of interventions for individuals with potentially harmful sexual interests that may be at risk of committing a sexual offence.

Delegates are invited to join in on a day of discussion around current UK approaches to prevention, best practice in prevention treatment and research, and future avenues to tackling sexual crime.

You will hear from leading figures in the field, including:

Professor Derek Perkins – Consultant Clinical and Forensic Psychologist based at Royal Halloway, University of London.
Professor Perkins specialises in the development and evaluation of treatment for individuals with sexual convictions, with research interests including forensic neuroscience, autism spectrum disorders, cognitive-behavioural treatment of schizophrenia, and group therapy programmes for mental health restoration and risk reduction.

Professor Kieran McCarten – Professor of Criminology at UWE, Bristol; Adjunct Associate Professor at QUT, Brisbane; and a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Huddersfield.

Presentation title: Developing a campus-based approach to the prevention of sexual abuse.

Sexual abuse and harassment are high profile social and individual issues in the UK, this is particularly true in institutional settings like universities and colleges. This presentation will discuss the development of a campus based approach to sexual abuse prevention at the University of the West of England, which includes the creation and roll out of a social norms campaign, the implementation of a campus climate survey relating to sexual abuse and the development of a program to a work with students at risk of committing potential sexual offences. The presentation will highlight the challenges faced in the development of a system wide approach, how these were overcome and the current status of the various projects.

Gabrielle Shaw – CEO of The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC). 

Gabrielle will be delivering a presentation on the work of NAPAC. NAPAC believes that every individual has the right to leave the impact of childhood abuse behind and enjoy a good quality of life. The organisation provides services that offer direct support to survivors of sexual abuse, upholds best practice in the assistance of survivors, and works with other organisations to increase the provision and effectiveness of help and support.

Dr Jamie Walton - National Specialist in HM Prison and Probation Service.

Presentation title: The Evolutionary Basis of Belonging and its Relevance to Denial of Offending and Labelling those who Offend.

Dr Jamie Walton is National Specialist in HM Prison and Probation Service. Jamie is a Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS). Since 2006, Jamie has worked in prison and healthcare settings predominantly focusing on supporting individuals with convictions for sexual offending to live safer crime-free lives. His research interests are primarily in the causes of paraphilia, and in the evaluation of clinical interventions aimed at reducing sexual recidivism.

Other speakers include:

Dr Craig Harper -- Senior Lecturer within the Department of Psychology at NTU.

Dr Harper will be presenting on the topic of stigma. His primary research area is related to how people form attitudes towards individuals with sexual conviction and individuals with atypical sexual interests, and how these attitudes interact with specific stimuli and lead to outcome judgements (e.g., risk assessments).

SOCAMRU and Saver Living Foundation: Professor Belinda Winder, Dr Nicholas Blagden, Lynn Saunders OBE, and Dr Kerensa Hocken.

Updates will be provided as further speakers and topics are confirmed for the conference.


For all enquiries about this event, please contact the event organisers Jordan Clayton and Belinda Winder.


9 am Arrival and registration
9.30 am


  • Lynn Saunders, Belinda Winder, Nick Blagden
  • Dan Wilcox (MC)
9.45 am - 10.45 am

Session 1

  • Gabrielle Shaw - Victims of sexual abuse (30 minutes)
  • Kieran McCartan - Campus-based approaches to preventing sexual harassment and abuse (30 minutes)
10.45 am - 11.10 am Tea break / Poster Session
11.10 am - 12.00 pm

Session 2

  • Jamie Walton – Evolutionary basis of belonging and its relevance to denial of offending and labelling those who offend (30 minutes)
  • Kerensa Hocken, Caroline Webster & Jordan Clayton – SLF Aurora Project Update (20 minutes)
12 pm - 1.00 pm Lunch and Networking
1.00 pm - 2.10 pm

Session 3

  • Craig Harper and Rebecca Lievesley – Stigma and Minor-Attraction (30 minutes)
  • Merseyside NHS Trust Prevention Project Update (20 minutes)
  • StopSO (20 minutes)
2.10 pm - 2.30 pm Tea Break / Poster Session
2.30 pm - 4 pm

Session 4

  • Joanne Stubbs – Online Child Abuse Activist Group (20 minutes)
  • Lisa Thornhill – Lucy Faithful Online CSE Project Update (20 minutes)
  • Derek Perkins – Online Child Sexual Exploitation (35 minutes)
4 pm

Q&A Session and Closing Remarks

  • Belinda Winder, Nicholas Blagden
  • Cillian Ryan
  • Dan Wilcox (MC)
4.30 pm - 5 pm Conference closes

Booking information

The cost to attend this conference is £65 per delegate. There is a discounted rate for NTU students and staff at £25. 
A discounted fee is available for special exemptions, please contact the event organisers.

Lunch and refreshments are provided throughout the day.

Payments can be paid using NTU's Online Store.  Wherever possible, please can delegates pay their conference fees by credit/debit card.  If an invoice is required for payment please email  Jordan Clayton and Belinda Winder.

For all event queries, please contact the event organisers, Jordan Clayton and Belinda Winder.

Location details


Level 0, Teaching and Learning Building


Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus
Clifton Lane
NG11 8NS

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