The next SOLD event is entitled:
‘Reducing the use of secure forensic detention and improving support for vulnerable people in the community’
Wednesday 11th October, 9.30am – 2.00pm
Norton Park Conference Centre, Albion Road, Edinburgh
This event is being organised jointly by SOLD and the CJVSF (Criminal Justice Voluntary Sector Forum)
We will be looking at the use of forensic detention and the scope for reducing the number of people detained, collaborative approaches that are helping community-based support for convicted people who have learning disabilities and/or mental health issues, and some of the challenges facing vulnerable people in the criminal justice system.
The event will be Chaired by Graham Forbes, Chair of the Mental Welfare Commission, and will include input from:
- Fergus Douds, Consultant Psychiatrist, State Hospital who will talk about the scope for reducing the number of people in forensic detention and the barriers to achieving that.
- Simon Pearce-Madge, Managing Director, Thera who will talk about the challenges of supporting people with forensic needs in the community and the need for a fully collaborative approach.
There will be 4 workshops that will run twice to give people an opportunity to attend 2:
- The SOLD user group will discuss their own experiences of forensic detention and their thoughts on what is good community-based support that works for them
- Support in Mind will discuss a practice example of supporting a person in the community who has mental health issues
- Richard Thomson, Community Justice Co-ordinator in Clacks will discuss the contributions the new community justice partnerships can make to reducing offending
- The Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice will discuss the lessons that can be learnt from preventive work with young offenders and how that learning might help improve outcomes for vulnerable people more generally.
The event is free to attend.
The event is now fully booked, but if you want to be added to the waiting list, please use the eventbrite link below:-
If you have any difficulties please contact me directly: Tony.email@example.com
The Supporting Offenders with Learning Disabilities Network (SOLD) is led by a partnership between People First Scotland and the Association for Real Change (ARC) Scotland. Support and guidance for our work comes from a User group of people with learning disabilities who have experience of the criminal justice system, and an Advisory group of professionals and a representative from the User group.
There are over 330 members of the SOLD network from a broad range of backgrounds including: Voluntary Sector Providers, Police Scotland, NHS, Social Work, academic institutions, Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service, Scottish Government and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS).
If you have a learning disability and experience of the criminal justice system, and you would like to join our user group, please email: Kenny.firstname.lastname@example.org
Reduce offending and improve support for offenders with learning disabilities in Scotland.
The beneficiaries of our work also include people who have other significant communication difficulties, such as acquired brain injury, autism and foetal alcohol syndrome.