Mowbray Woodwards hosts ‘first of its kind’ conference
In October 2018 Mowbray Woodwards hosted a 'first of its kind' conference bringing together leading practitioners and experts in the field of offender management. This included representatives from the probation service, counsellors and therapists, legal professionals, the police, support workers and charities all of whom are engaged in the management, treatment, therapy and support of sex offenders in the community. The conference was aimed at delivering training to these professionals, as well as inviting discussion and debate on best practice, innovation and future development of treatment and support services.
Matthew Graham, Partner and Head of Criminal Law at Mowbray Woodwards, and his team have developed niche support services for clients who admit their offending and want help and support to address their offending behaviour. The team identified the need to bring together other professionals to explore a wider, holistic approach to reducing reoffending, alongside the traditional criminal or civil justice processes.
Initially expecting a modest group to attend, the team were overwhelmed with the level of interest and welcomed over 80 professionals from all over the UK to the event in Bath.
Matthew Graham hosted and led the conference alongside Dr Ruth Tully, Managing Director of Tully Forensic Psychology. Speakers alongside Matthew included Dr Jennifer Bamford, a forensic psychologist, Chris Wise, a security cleared software developer and Mike Williams who heads up the MAPPA team at Avon and Somerset Police. Beyond the training delivered, the conference panel discussions focussed on the pitfalls, strengths and way forward for risk assessment, and posed the question, ‘Does Therapy and Treatment Work?’. Delegates were able to learn more about and explore the importance of a forensic approach to treatment need and risk management.
Matthew Graham said, “We have known for some time that as the level of detection and prosecution of sexual offending has increased, the options for treatment and therapy to reduce reoffending have become overstretched and outdated. The need for all of those involved in managing offenders to come together and discuss positive solutions for moving forward has never been so urgent. Mowbray Woodwards are the only legal firm in the South West with a specialist team of sexual offence lawyers, so it seemed natural that we take the lead on this matter. It was a privilege to welcome such a professional group from across the criminal justice service, as well from the voluntary and third sectors who now play such an important role, and to share our expertise. I have been genuinely enthused by the response to this event and am hopeful that we can continue to work together to reduce reoffending.”
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