Approaches to Tackling Domestic Abuse @ The Durham Centre
Nov 7 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The FREE ‘Approaches to Tackling Domestic Abuse’ event is organised by Northumbria University. Commissioners, statutory and third sector organisations, whose remit includes tackling domestic abuse, will find the event relevant, as will academics researching domestic abuse.

The event has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, as part of its 2018 Festival of Social Science – a week-long celebration of the social sciences and social science research, taking place from 3-10 November across the UK, with free to attend events suitable for all ages and levels of interest. The ‘Approaches to Tackling Domestic Abuse’ event will draw on example projects that are part of the Home Office Funded Police Transformation Project – which is a ‘Whole Systems Approach’ to tackle domestic abuse.

The event aims to enable those working in a range of organisations and roles to hear about (and discuss) example projects (and associated research and monitoring data) designed to better tackle domestic abuse. It will also provide an opportunity to consider how to best respond to the challenges created by domestic abuse and interventions to tackle it.

The event includes:

  • An introduction from Dame Vera Baird (Police and Crime Commissioner, Northumbria Police)
  • Presentations about:
    • The Whole Systems Approach
    • Operation Kyleford (Domestic Violence Support and Assistance Car)
    • Multi Agency Tasking & Co-ordination (MATAC) to tackle domestic abuse perpetrators
    • An initiative to support Family Courts respond effectively to cases involving domestic abuse
    • Voluntary Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programmes
    • The N8 Innovation in Policing Domestic Abuse: understanding success to build capacity

Booking: There are approx. 50 places available for the event. To book a place please email a completed booking form to Paul Biddle, Research Fellow, Northumbria University ( Or you can book by contacting Paul by phone (0191 243 7422).

N8 PRP Policing Innovation Forum – Policing Mental Health: Improving services, reducing demand, and keeping people safe @ Lancaster University
Nov 8 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

On the 8th November 2018, the N8 PRP will be hosting the fourth Policing Innovation Forum which will bring together key academics, police, and other stakeholders together to discuss contemporary challenges in policing and look to develop innovative, practical, and evidence-based solutions.

The theme for this year’s forum is responding to the challenges posed by mental health conditions, particularly focusing on:

  • How to deliver the earliest possible intervention at the lowest appropriate level to help promote recovery to those coming into contact with police presenting mental health conditions.
  • How to improve services and keep people safe while also reducing unnecessary or inappropriate contact with police by those presenting mental health conditions.
  • How to reduce repeat calls for service where mental health is a component, by focusing on identifying unmet needs and working with other parties and organisations to address them.

The Forum will also see the opening of the application period for the 2018/19 N8 PRP Small Grants.

Provisional Programme:

9.30am      Welcome and Introduction – Adam Crawford and Steve Brookes/Geoff Pearson
9.45am      Keynote – NPCC Lead for Mental Health, CC Mark Collins with Michael Brown OBE, the NPCC MH                    Coordinator
10.30am    BWC footage – Supt Dan Thorpe, South Yorkshire Police, Strategic Force Mental Health Lead
10.45am    Coffee
11.00am    Role Play for Actors Scenario – Andrew Calloway – Innovation
11.30am    Discussion
12.00pm    Lunch
12.45pm    Workshop Round 1
1.30pm      Workshop Round 2
2.15pm      Workshop Round-up, Next Steps, and launch of Small Grants 2018/19
2.45pm      Coffee, Cake, and Networking
3.15pm      Forum Closes

During the conference you will have a chance to attend two of the following workshops:

  • Michelle Addison, Newcastle University – Exploring Novel Psychoactive Substance (NPS) use and its consequences for police practitioners and substance users
  • Dan Thorpe, South Yorkshire Police and Michael Brown OBE, College of Policing – Force innovations to assist Police Forces tackle Mental Health demands
  • Jane Senior, University of Manchester and Ian Cummings, University of Salford –  Mental health is police core business – or is it?
  • Nicola Moran, University of York – Mental health training for front-line police officers: An evaluation of a training package for North Yorkshire Police
  • Steve Baker, Northumbria Police and Claire Andre, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust – RESPOND – Multi-agency mental health training

Delegate workshop choices will be made on the day. Each workshop will run twice to allow delegates to attend two workshops during the day.

This year the N8 PRP has taken the decision to introduce a charging policy on a limited basis.

The focus of the policy is around piloting some level of cost recovery to enable this event, and others like it, to be sustainable long term. It is not about making a profit.  As with every edition of the Policing Innovation Forum, priority has been given to partner delegates and a select group of stakeholders outlined below:

  • Free places will still be offered to members of the N8 PRP Steering Group, our policing partners and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).
  • We are keen to continue to engage with 3rd sector and community groups and similarly will offer a number of free places to those sector attendees.
  • Reduced rates will be offered to PhD students currently studying with the member HEIs.

The decision to implement this policy will ultimately be taken depending on demand and you do not need to make (or commit) to any payment at this stage. The charge you may be asked to pay is £45 per delegate.

All attendees may receive a free place, but it will subject to the condition that a cancelled (within 7 days or less) or ‘no show’ on the day will result in the nominal charge being paid.

Please complete the below form to register for this event. Due to the allocation of spaces to partner organisations, you may not receive confirmation of your space immediately:

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