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Professor Karen Slade's Inaugural Lecture

Unlocking Hope: Embracing Innovation to Address Suicide Prevention and Other Harms in the Criminal Justice System.

Karen Slade
Networking | Public lectures | Seminars

Globally, the prevalence of suicide and self-inflicted harm remains significant within prisons and amongst people in contact with the criminal justice system – how can we embrace innovation and forward-thinking approaches to address the complex challenges of suicide prevention across forensic environments?  What have we learnt about those people who self-harm whilst also posing a serious risk of violence towards others?  Can effective change be achieved, and what are the essential elements for facilitating such change?

  • From: Wednesday 4 October 2023, 5.30 pm
  • To: Wednesday 4 October 2023, 7.30 pm
  • Registration: 5.30 pm
  • Location: Lecture Theatre 4, Newton building, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
  • Booking deadline: Wednesday 4 October 2023, 11.00 am
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Event details

Prof Karen Slade is a forensic psychologist with over 30 years’ experience across the criminal justice system, including prison, probation and police services whilst working at NTU for over a decade.  In this talk, we will explore how her encounters within prisons and probation services influenced her dedication to developing transformative measures aimed at mitigating suicide and self-harm amongst individuals engaged with the Criminal Justice System. She will take you on a journey through her practical experience and research in suicide prevention and dual harm, showcasing how to create meaningful transformation.


Prof Karen Slade is a chartered and registered forensic psychologist and professor of applied forensic psychology at Nottingham Trent University.  She has also been on secondment with HM Prison and Probation Service since 2019, as their Strategic Lead for Deaths under Probation Supervision. She has worked and consulted for 30 years within forensic and prison environments and is an international expert in suicide prevention, self-harm management and the newly developing area of dual harm (harm to both self and others), publishing over 30 research papers and presenting widely in the field.  She brings the combination of practice, operational & research knowledge to the development of strategy, policy, interventions and practice across community and prison settings.


5.30 pm

Registration and welcome refreshments

6 pm

Welcome talk

6.05 pm

Lecture begins

6.50 pm

Close and thanks by Executive Dean

7 pm

Drinks reception

7.30 pm


Location details


Lecture Theatre 4, Newton building


Goldsmith Street


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