Events

A number of key events, conferences and workshops throughout the year form the foundations of the Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) knowledge exchange.

Upcoming events

There are currently no new events.

Past events

Understanding Public perceptions, media framing, and risk policy formation

Friday 23 November 2012, hosted by Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation

This event will include presentations from academics, policy makers and practitioners in order to showcase current research and practice on sex offender disclosure and management in England. Delegates will then have the opportunity to develop key themes, exchange best practice, and consolidate outcomes on emerging areas in public disclosure within a number of workshop sessions.

The purpose of the English event is to:

  • Review the formulation of risk policies relating to sex offender regulation and management in the community.
  • Compare to the USA and UK disclosure schemes.
  • Review and debate policy development around the public disclosure scheme in the UK providing important lessons for understanding and managing public expectations, media pressure and political responses to risk anxieties.
  • Debate risk communication around sexual offending with the public, particularly in an age of austerity.

The event will also consider the use of evidence in future risk responses to sex offenders and future likely directions for disclosure.

Understanding Public Disclosure of Sex Offender information in Wales: Devolution, Context, and Partnership Networks

Friday 28 September 2012, hosted by Cardiff University and the WCCSJ

This event included presentations from academics, policy makers and practitioners in order to showcase current research and practice on sex offender disclosure and management in Wales. Delegates then had the opportunity to develop key themes, exchange best practice, and consolidate outcomes on emerging areas in public disclosure within a number of workshop sessions.

The purpose of the Welsh event was to:

  • Discuss the reality of sex offender disclosure in Wales, drawing specifically on cultural/social/economic differences in rural and urban contexts.
  • Identify the disclosure schemes contribution to existing local network, partnerships and multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA) throughout Wales.
  • Share learning and best practice on access, targeting and marketing strategies.
  • Address the impact of devolution and its links to 'shared' Criminal justice services.

View the event schedule.

Violence against women: the challenges of accountability

Friday 6 July 2012, hosted by UWE Bristol

View guest speaker - Rashida Manjoo's profile.

Understanding Public Disclosure of Sex Offender information in Ireland: Localism, Community and Reintegration

Thursday 3 May 2012, hosted by Public Protection Arrangements Northern Ireland

The aim of this event was to discuss the reality of sex offender disclosure in Northern Ireland and the impact that it would have on the community and criminal justice sectors. This event took a dual stream approach:

  • Addressing northern Ireland related issues (issues of localism, with particular reference to the 'troubles' in Northern Ireland and policing, offender management, community activism)
  • Addressing the republic of Ireland related issues (cross border issues, the development of public disclosure scheme, austerity and a focus on particular Irish issues (i.e., cultural attitudes to sexuality, sexual abuse)

This event examined the social mechanisms that either reintegrate or exclude sex offenders.

View the event schedule.

The Impact of Public, Media and Academic discourses on Sex Offender Community Management Policy

Tuesday 24 April 2012, hosted by UWE Bristol (Room 1K2, Frenchay Campus)

The seminar discussed where the current sex offender disclosure originated from, the role of different 'voices' in its creation, how it was piloted and implemented, as well as the impact that it is having currently.

Find out more about booking onto this event.

View the event presentation.

Understanding Public Disclosure of Sex Offender information in Scotland: Access, impact and value-added

Wednesday 1 February 2012, hosted by Risk Management Authority Scotland

The aim of this event was to discuss the reality of the limited disclosure of sex offender information scheme in situ. The event, and related keynotes and workshops, looked to address:

  • the value-added to child protection and reasons for limited impact
  • Strategies to maximise impact
  • Development & future use of impact measures
  • To share learning and best practice on access, targeting and marketing strategies, with a focus on increasing take-up by marginal and excluded groups, and increasing the scheme's responsiveness to diverse populations

View the schedule of the day.

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