The fourth Alice Ruggles Trust conference will be held on

Thursday, 13 October 2022

at College Court conference centre, University of Leicester (and on-line)


About the conference

The Alice Ruggles Trust, in partnership with the Department of Criminology at the University of Leicester, are proud to announce the fourth of our annual conferences where we bring together a range of practitioners and academics with a particular interest in stalking.

We warmly invite colleagues in the police, CPS, judiciary, social and healthcare services, probation services, and the charity sector together with academics and students from criminology, forensic psychology and other disciplines engaged in research related to stalking. As ever, we hope to stimulate further integration between these groups in order to improve strategies to tackle stalking and thus make victims safer.

This year we are focusing on three interrelated themes: cyberstalking, perpetrator interventions and multi-agency approaches.

We are delighted to be able to offer a physical conference once again, bringing with it all the possibilities for delegates to meet and talk informally that are simply not possible in a “virtual” environment. There will also be an option to join the conference on-line, but owing to technical constraints access to certain parallel workshop sessions is likely to be restricted.


Keynote speakers and workshops

Our keynote speakers will be

Rory Innes: “What do cyberstalking victims need?”
Rory is founder and CEO of The Cyber Helpline. He has spent his whole career in cybersecurity and has worked for leading global cybersecurity companies in a range of senior management positions. He is responsible for building the Cyber Helpline, one of the first cybersecurity practices dedicated to helping individuals and families, rather than businesses.

DCC Paul Mills: “Improving the police response to stalking and harassment”
Paul is National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) lead for stalking and harassment offence. He holds a Masters from the University of Cambridge in Police Leadership and Applied Criminology and a PhD from Bath Spa University. He was the Chair of the Strategic Planning Group for both the Salisbury and Amesbury novichok poisoning incidents. In the 2020 New Year Honours list Paul was awarded the Queen's Police Medal for Distinguished Service.

Dan Price-Jones: “The Harm Reduction Unit: an integrated multi-agency model to manage stalking risks”
Dan is Consultant Forensic Psychologist at Cheshire Constabulary’s multi-agency Harm Reduction Unit (HRU). His clinical background is within both secure hospital and community settings, working particularly with adults with an intellectual disability who present with diverse risk and offending behaviours. His passion for the practical application of psychological knowledge informed the creation, development and establishment of the Integrated Anti-Stalking Unit (IASU), the forerunner of the HRU.

 

We will also be running a number of parallel workshops relating to each of our three themes: cyberstalking, perpetrator interventions and multi-agency approaches. These will include:

Charlotte Hooper: “Cyberstalking: collecting the evidence”
This interactive workshop will work through a practical example of collecting evidence in a cyberstalking case. Charlotte is the Helpine Manager at the Cyber Helpline, and will be assisted by its CEO, Rory Innes.
 

Emma Short: “Cyberstalking: reflections on the evolution of
fixated online intrusions”
Emma will examine our changing understanding from 2007 onwards and then facilitate a discussion about the trends the workshop group are seeing emerging, taking note of the main themes that emerge. Emma is Associate Professor in Psychology at De Montfort University, Leicester.

Rachael Wheatley and Tom Page: “Early interventions with perpetrators”
This workshop will present the first evalautions of the Early Awareness Stalking Intervention (EASI) pilot project. Rachael is a Senor Lecturer at the University of Derby, having previously worked for HMPPS (Midlands) for 21 years. From September, she will be managing a forensic psychology practitioner qualification programme, conducting research, and undertaking consultancy, specialising in stalking and related matters. Rachael is also a Trustee of the Alice Ruggles Trust. Tom is a Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, also at the University of Derby. He previously worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Kent where he also completed his PhD in Forensic Psychology. His broad area of research interest is sexual violence where he has a particular focus on sexual harassment and stalking perpetration.

Christopher Rosenbrier: “A tiered approach to stalking intervention”
This workshop will present an intervention model being explored in the north-east of England. Chris is a Specialist Clinical Psychologist at the Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust.
 

Sarah-Louise Edwards: “Multi-agency working: the STAC model”
This interactive workshop will explore the multi-agency working model implemented at the London Stalking Threat Assessment Centre (STAC). Sarah is Head of Operations at Suzy Lamplugh Trust, overseeing STAC, the National Stalking Helpline, the London Stalking Support Service and the National Stalking Advocacy service, including a psychological advocacy and support programme.

Louise from Paladin: “Paladin: What we have learned”
Louise, who will lead this workshop, is the country’s only dedicated young people’s ISAC (Independent Stalking Advocacy Caseworker), working at Paladin National Stalking Advocacy Service. She will explore key trends Paladin are seeing nationally around the response to stalking and the challenges of developing professional curiosity.

 

This year, for the first time, we will also have a poster display of ongoing projects by research students from Universities around the country.

 

Finally Dave Thomason, who  created and leads day-to-day operations at Cheshire Constabulary’s multi-agency Harm Reduction Unit (HRU), will be presenting an update on progress following our conference resolution from last year calling for an urgent and comprehensive independent review of Stalking Protection Orders.

 

09:00–09:30

Arrival, registration and coffee / On-line registration

09:30–09:45

Introduction and opening

09:45–10:30

Keynote  What do cyberstaking victims need? — Rory Innes

10:30–11:00

Coffee break
 

11:00–12:00

Workshops:

  • Cyberstalking: collecting the evidence — Charlotte Hooper (N)
  • Early interventions with perpetrators — Rachael Wheatley and Tom Page (A)
  • A tiered approach to stalking intervention — Christopher Rosenbrier (N)

(A —Available to all; N — Not available to on-line participants)

12:00–12:15

Update on SPOs, following last year's resolution — Dave Thomason

12:15–12:45

Keynote  Improving the police response to stalking and harassment — DCC Paul Mills

12:45–1:45

Lunch break
 

1:45–2:30

Keynote  The Harm Reduction Unit: an integrated multi-agency model to manage stalking risks — Dan Price-Jones

2:30–3:30

Workshops:

  • Cyberstalking: reflections on the evolution of fixated online intrusions — Emma Short (N)
  • Multi-agency working: the STAC model — Sarah-Louise Edwards (N)
  • The work of Paladin’s ISACs, and how this changed through lockdown — Louise from Paladin (A)

(A —Available to all; N — Not available to on-line participants)

3:30–4:00

Panel  The future of cyberstaking: risks and prevention — Charlotte Hooper, Rory Innes, Emma Short, and Louise from Paladin

4:00

Close; coffee and refreshments available on-site

The venue and practicalities

College Court is a conference centre with hotel accommodation run by the University of Leicester. It has ample free car parking and is situated 2.2km (1.4 miles) from Leicester station, with good bus connections.

The conference will use a number of different meeting rooms for its main and breakout sessions. Lunch and refreshments are included in the conference fee, with free tea and coffee being available all day in the bar/lounge.

The centre also has a range of smaller rooms and open spaces where delegates can gather informally.

Limited on-site accommodation is available for those wishing to stay over on the night before the conference. Rooms can be booked when you register, or else directly with College Court (at a slightly higher cost), subject to availability. Book early to avoid disappointment!*


Celebratory dinner

We will be holding a celebratory dinner at College Court on the previous evening (Wed 12 Oct) to mark the fifth anniversary of the Alice Ruggles Trust, with a number of special guests.

Delegates are very welcome to join us at this dinner—and we hope that many will. You can book the dinner together with the conference tickets, or separately using the second button below. The deadline for dinner bookings is Friday Sep 23.


Tickets and pricing

General admission (physical attendance at conference, including lunch and refreshments)

£85

Third-sector admission (as above)

£65

Student admission (as above)

£35

 

Overnight accommodation (previous evening) and breakfast

£50

 

General admission (on-line)

£35

Student admission (on-line)

£15

 

Fifth anniversary dinner (previous evening) [available until Sep 23]

£35


 


 *Other accommodation is available in Leicester for attendees preferring to find their own hotel, e.g.