This conference is recognised as the foremost opportunity, in the UK and internationally, for reflection and sharing for services providing care for offenders with a learning disability (LD) and/or developmental disabilities, including autism, both in the public and independent health and social care sectors and the criminal justice system.

The conference, and its published proceedings, creates a platform for this speciality, often regarded as a minority interest by both health and criminal justice mainstream services.

The programme offers valuable content across a wide range of topic areas, including:

  • an overview of forensic learning disability and developmental disability services from an international perspective
  • benchmarking in forensic LD and developmental disability settings
  • education and training needs of staff
  • provision of up-to-date information on legal aspects and complex needs 
  • treatment approaches – what works? 
  • autism spectrum disorders, including Asperger syndrome 
  • learning disability / developmental disability and the criminal justice system 
  • residential and community supervision
  • mental health legislation and the learning disabled offender 
  • transcultural issues.

Join us in Manchester to hear acknowledged experts in the field and gain a wealth of knowledge, plus engage in stimulating debate and exchange new ideas!

Why attend 

This conference provides an opportunity for individuals from a range of organisations and agencies to meet together with the aim of:

  • creating an environment where practitioners, policy makers, researchers and advocates from multiple countries can find ongoing opportunities for learning and collaboration
  • exchanging information on effective models of care, intervention strategies, research, training and policy making to be utilised in different countries to improve care on a local, regional and national basis.

Key Topics 

Key topics include:

  • models of care for effective interventions (clinical interventions)
  • research programmes and results
  • policy development
  • education and training
  • organisational issues
  • personality disorder
  • advocacy and user issues
  • minority issues
  • women's issues
  • dual diagnosis
  • substance abuse
  • transcultural issues
  • autism spectrum disorders, including Asperger syndrome
  • offending focused interventions.

Who should attend?

The conference will be of interest to a wide audience including health, social care and criminal justice professionals working in:

  • learning disabilities and developmental disabilities
  • prison service
  • police service 
  • social work
  • community services
  • probation
  • education
  • independent sector
  • user groups and families
  • voluntary organisations.