For National Stalking Awareness Week 2024, our theme is "Join Forces Against Stalking". Effective multi-agency working is crucial for ensuring victims of stalking are supported from their point of disclosure right through until a conviction and beyond. This year, we are calling for agencies across the police, CPS and healthcare to join forces, and work together to effectively support victims of stalking. We will be showcasing examples of best practice and highlighting the important role multi-agency working has played for the victims we support.

 

Key Speakers

Chris Shelley, Chair of Trustees, Suzy Lamplugh Trust

Emma Lingley-Clark, Interim CEO, Suzy Lamplugh Trust

Emily Thornberry, Labour MP and Shadow Attorney General

The Lord Russell of Liverpool

A message from the Victims' Commissioner for England and Wales, Baroness Newlove. In her role as Victims' Commissioner, Baroness Newlove champions the voices of victims and witnesses, ensuring their concerns are heard and that the government upholds its commitments to them.

Deputy Chief Constable Paul Mills, National Police Chiefs' Council Lead for Stalking and Harassment

Catherine Hinwood, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Programme Director at the National Health Service (NHS). Catherine creates policies that aim to prevent sexual harassment and sexual violence for employees and patients across multiple health networks and organisations. In addition to her work with the NHS, Catherine Hinwood also led the UK government response in relation to COVID for victims of crime - particularly victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Olivia Rose, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Thames and Chiltern Area and the national lead for Stalking and Harassment prosecutions

Richard Spinks, father of Gracie Spinks

 

Breakout Rooms:

Breakout Room 1: A Coordinated Police and CPS Response

Karen Morgan-Reed, Senior Policy Advisor at the Crown Prosecution Service leading on Domestic Abuse and Stalking policy

Lucy Appleton, Policy Advisor at the Crown Prosecution Service working on Domestic Abuse and Stalking policy

Hannah Sereni, Home Office policy lead for Stalking and 'Honour'-Based Abuse. She has worked in the civil service for over 5 years, working on crime reduction policies such as drugs misuse and serious and organised crime.

Terri Wilkinson, National Staff Officer to DCC Paul Mills, Lead for Stalking and Harassment Offences. Terri joined Wiltshire Police in 2002 working initially in Swindon Police Station and later Wiltshire police Headquarters. She has a passion for understanding serial perpetrator behaviours and interventions and through the experience gained with Public Protection, MARAC and Offender Management moved to the National Portfolio for harassment and stalking offences. 

 

Breakout Room 2: A Health Response to Stalking

Dr Alan Underwood,  Principle Clinical Psychologist at the Stalking Threat Assessment Centre and the National Stalking Clinic. He is also a lecturer in Forensic Psychology and Mental Health at Queen Mary University of London. His role at STAC involves working within a multi-agency service which assesses, manages and focuses on reducing the offending of those engaged in stalking across the metropolitan police force area.

Dr Rebecca Morland, Consultant Counselling Psychologist and Systemic Practitioner, Cambridgeshire Stalking Intervention Partnership works as part of an integrated mutli-agency team that aims to reduce the risks associated with stalking. The team works together to safeguard victims, and Rebecca particularly intervenes with people who display stalking behaviours through advising professionals and one-to-one psychological interventions.

Charlotte Chappell, ADViSE Lead and Senior Regional Manager at IRISI and is also an IDVA, Independent Trainer, and Sexual Violence Charity Trustee. Charlotte currently leads the ADViSE programme nationally in sexual health. ADViSE (Assessing for Domestic Violence and Abuse in Sexual Health Environments) is a programme developed by social enterprise IRISI to support staff in sexual health settings to recognise and respond to patients affected by domestic and sexual violence and abuse, offering direct referrals to specialist services. It serves as an excellent example of a service delivery model that aids medical workers in improving and ensuring their patients' overall wellbeing. Modelled on their successful IRIS programme, this is their newest intervention.

Chermal Williams, has been in the sector for the past 15 years, and is a qualified IDVA and ISVA. Chermal is now one of the Senior Managers at Standing Together managing the Health team. This involved the Domestic Abuse coordinators and the training packages, such as Safe & Together module, and Safety Planning.

Sophia Zentner, (she/her), is a LGBT+ specialist IDVA with Galop, the UK's largest LGBT+ Specialist Anti-Abuse and Violence Charity supporting survivors of domestic abuse, hate crime, sexual violence, and so-called 'conversion therapy'. She is currently working in a co-located role within the NHS Chelsea and Westminster Trust; attending different ChelWest sites and supporting any LGBT+ victims of domestic abuse, who are referred through the Trust. She is also a floating trainer for Galop, educating professionals from every sector on how to better recognise and include LGBT+ people and survivors in their work.

 

Breakout Room 3: Learning from Best Practice - Multi-Agency Stalking Intervention Programmes (MASIP)

Detective Sergeant David Thomason, created and leads the day to day operation of the Harm Reduction Unit at Cheshire Constabulary; a collaborative and integrated risk management service between police, the NHS and the Probation Service. The Harm Reduction Unit builds on the success of its predecessor, the Integrated Anti-Stalking Unit, which David created and developed having spent 16 years working at local, national and international levels to tackle stalking. David has trained thousands of professionals around the world in the policing of stalking and was previously a Staff Officer to the national police stalking lead. 

DCI Daniel Thompson (STAC), current MPS Deputy Lead Responsible Officer for Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Harassment. He oversees the London Stalking Threat Assessment Centre, bringing together the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, MPS, North London Mental Health Partnership and London Probation Service. DCI Thompson has spent most of his policing career investigating domestic abuse and rape and serious sexual offences. His current focus is on supporting the London implementation of DRIVE and improving police management of digital data in stalking investigations.

Sara Henley, Consultant Clinical and Forensic Psychologist. Sara has over thirty years' experience within the NHS and currently works for Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust in the specialist area of fixated threat and stalking. Sara is the lead psychologist for the National Stalking Clinic and clinical lead for the Stalking Threat Assessment Centre (STAC).

Ricardo Munoz-Bailey, Probation Officer seconded to the Stalking Threat Assessment Centre (STAC). With 20 years' experience of working in the criminal justice sector, Ric has supervised and assessed stalking cases in both the community and court settings. The National Probation Service is responsible for the supervision of those made subject to community based sentences or released on prison licence in order to reduce reoffending. His role within STAC has been to provide support to probation practitioners in terms of identifying, approaching and addressing stalking behaviour as well as offering support in managing the risk of serious harm in the context of Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) panels.

Senior Stalking Advocate in Stalking Threat Assessment Centre (STAC)

 

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