Safeguarding vulnerable adults in prison: law and practice

Date: Monday 23 February 2015

Time: 18:00 - 20:00

Location: 53 - 54 Doughty Street, London, WC1N 2LS

Venue: Doughty Street Chambers

Speakers: Aswini Weereratne QC

Despite increased knowledge about the importance of safeguarding vulnerable people generally, prisoners in England and Wales are facing unprecedented levels of violence and injury. HMIP’s Annual Report 2013-2014 states that data from the Ministry of Justice showed a 14% increase overall in assaults in adult male prisons, from 8,667 in 2012–13 to 9,867 in 2013–14. Serious assaults in adult male prisons rose by a concerning 38%, from 979 in 2012–13 to 1,351 in 2013–14, the highest they have ever been. At the same time, the number of officers at public-sector prisons in England and Wales has been cut by 41% in less than four years.

This seminar explores some of the practical and legal issues around safeguarding vulnerable adults in prison. The aim of this seminar is to stimulate debate and discussion to guide practitioners faced with a client at risk of harm and consider important questions such as:

Who is responsible for adult safeguarding in prison?
How can adult safeguarding issues be distinguished from operational prison issues?
What procedures can be put in place to respond to vulnerable adult safeguarding issues consistently across the estate and how can we evaluate these?

Speakers include:

Aswini Weereratne (Chair)
Paul Tarbuck, Head of Healthcare Inspection, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons 
Claire Crawley, Senior Policy Manager-Adult Safeguarding, Department of Health
Laura Janes, Legal Director, the Howard League for Penal Reform

To reserve a place: email: legal2@howardleague.org to request a place.

Places are free but limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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