18th - 21st MAY 2021

The 2021 Conference is being offered as an online event. This will follow the same format as last year. Day 1 will be a Postgraduate Day and Days 2,3 and 4 will consist of a series of Keynote presentations.

Dear colleagues
We will be providing a 4-day Online Conference in May, showcasing the research of upcoming post-graduate researchers and established experts in the field of sexual offending. The 4 day conference sessions will cover a range of topics that are of interest to NOTA members, as well as members of the sexual abuse research and practice field more generally. Please come and join us online in May to hear the latest research, engage in lively academic and practice debates, as well as network.
Kieran McCartan – Chair, NOTA Conference Committe

Conference Pricing

Delegates are invited to register for the Conference with a simplified charging structure. The delegate fee will cover attendance at any or all of the sessions and in addition all delegates will receive access to all presentation material and video records.

Conference delegate fee – £190.00
Special Discounted Member Fee – £120.00

Schedule and Abstracts

Tuesday 18th May

12.30 noon - 1.00pm

Postgraduate Day – Details to follow

Wednesday 19th May

10.30am - 12 Noon

Wineke Smid - Head of Research Department, Forensic Care Specialists Utrecht, Netherlands

Sex Offender Treatment: Old and New Challenges

This presentation will provide an overview of what we know about sex offender treatment as well as the challenges that lie ahead of us. On the one hand, these challenges exist in the implementation of things we already know. For instance, how do we apply RNR to clinical practice? Over the past decade, large steps have been taken with regard to adequate risk assessment, but the topic of responsivity is still underdeveloped.

On the other hand, there are many things we don’t know yet, but really need to find out. We have established important dynamic risk factors that predict recidivism, but what are their causal relationships with sexual offending behavior and how do these dynamic risk factors relate to each other? Recent findings on these topics will be presented and their possible implications for treatment will be discussed.

Wineke Smid is head of the research department at forensic psychiatric hospital Van der Hoeven in Utrecht, the Netherlands. She divides her time between conducting and supervising empirical research projects, carrying out individual (risk) assessments of residential high-risk sex offenders and providing feedback of state of the art knowledge to various stakeholders in Dutch society. Wineke Smid conducted a national study on Sex Offender Risk Assessment in the Netherlands and is currently involved in a number of research projects focusing on the assessment and treatment of specific dynamic risk factors for sex offenders (i.e. sexual deviance, sexual preoccupation, sexual coping) as well as fundamental sexological research on the Incentive Motivational Model of sexual offending. She also provides (risk assessment) training to police officers, prosecutors, judges, treatment providers and probation officers. She is a fellow of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) and a member of ATSA’s research committee as well as a member of the editorial board of Sexual Abuse. She is the cofounder of NL-ATSA (www.nl-atsa.org).

1.00pm - 2.30pm

Professor Marianne Hester OBE FAcSS - Professor, holds the Chair in Gender, Violence and International Policy, University of Bristol, UK

Rape and inequality in the Criminal Justice system

What are the implications of intersecting inequalities in rape victims’ experiences of criminal justice? The paper explores some key findings from a large study on ‘Justice Inequality and Gender Based violence’ study (Universities of Bristol, Cardiff & West of England) which included detailed analysis of  criminal justice trajectories in 545 rape cases and interviews with 251 victim/survivors regarding  experiences of formal and informal justice systems. In the criminal justice outcomes, intersections of gender, age and mental health issues played a particularly crucial role. However, victims-survivors’ assessments of ‘justice’ ranged beyond criminal justice concerns, and their means of obtaining ‘justice’ involved often novel constructions, negotiations and alternative routes. In particular, victim-survivors thought ‘accountability’ was the key feature of ‘justice’, and where such justice was not provided by the formal justice systems (or even if it was), they felt that informal justice provided through specialist  NGOs (e.g. recognition, belief and empowerment) was especially important in attaining a sense of justice. The paper explores these issues, contradictions and tensions for practice.

Thursday 20th May

10.30am - 12 noon

Lynne Saunders OBE - Governor HMP Whatton and Chair Safer Living Foundation

Belinda Winder - Research Director, Centre for Crime Offending, Prevention, and Engagement/ Vice Chair Safer Living Foundation - Nottingham Trent University


This speech will set out the need for initiatives to help prevent sexual (re offending). The presenters will draw upon their operational and academic experiences developing area of work focussing on the Innovative work of the Safer Living Foundation Charity. In particular they will outline the development, challenges and successes of two key projects. The Aurora Project ( Prevention and mental health) and the Corbett Centre (reducing reoffending and supporting successful reintegration)

Lynn Saunders is the Governor of Whatton Prison and has worked for the Prison Service for 28 years. She qualified as a Probation Officer in 1986 and has a degree in Applied Social Sciences and an MA in Criminology.

She set up, along with other colleagues, the Safer Living Foundation, a charity to help prevent sexual (re) offending, in 2014. She is currently Chair of the organisation and is engaged in a part-time PhD at Nottingham University studying the transition of people convicted of sexual offences from custody to the community.

She has worked with people convicted of sexual offences for most of her career and is considered to be one of the more knowledgeable and compassionate prison Governors in this difficult and controversial area. Lynn was awarded an Honorary doctorate from Nottingham Trent University in 2015 in recognition of her work with this group of offenders.  She was awarded an OBE in the 2017 new years honours list, and an Honorary doctorate from Keele University in 2018.

Belinder Winder – Bio to follow

Craig Harper - Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Associate Course Leader (Academic) – MSc Forensic Psychology - Nottingham Trent University

Understanding Attitudes to Individuals with Sexual Convictions

This presentation will outline the central findings of contemporary research examining the psychological origins of attitudes towards people with sexual convictions and their effects on help-seeking behaviours prior to offending, the effectiveness of formal rehabilitation and treatment interventions, and social reintegration upon release from custody. The role of mental shortcuts in decision-making will be discussed, alongside strategies for overcoming these to promote evidence-based judgements.

Craig Harper is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. His research interests lie in the psychological processes that underpin decision-making in relation to controversial social and political topics. Most of his research has been focused on how people form and express attitudes towards people with sexual convictions, with the aim being to promote progressive and evidence-based policies to prevent and reduce sexual victimisation. Away from forensically-based research, he is a member of the Heterodox Academy, which is an organization seeking to promote viewpoint diversity and reduce political polarization in higher education.

NOTA AGM - 12.00 - 12.45pm NOTA AGM - ALL INVITED

1.00pm - 2.30pm

Marcus Erooga - Independent Safeguarding Consultant

Keith L. Kaufman, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

The Dog That Doesn’t Bark: Missed Opportunities to Prevent Organisational Child Sexual Abuse 

Revelations about continued abuse of children in the organisational context has led to major inquiries around the world, including the AU$400 million Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and IICSA, the UK Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

Increased attention to the problem has led to a greater understanding of organisational Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) risk factors, organisational vulnerabilities related to CSA, and organisational CSA offenders’ modus operandi. However, these advances have not been adequately translated into more effective prevention, policy and practice to address this serious public health concern.

This joint keynote will seek to ‘connect the dots’ and foster a more action-oriented approach to addressing organisational CSA. It will summarise what we know about safety risk factors across sectors, how inquiries and case reviews inform us about organisational vulnerabilities & critical risk factors, as well as what these inquiries tell us about Powerful Perpetrators’ modus operandi in the organisational context. The session will conclude with suggestions for translating this critical information into more effective directions for prevention, policy, and practice

Marcus is an independent Safeguarding Consultant and past Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor of the Journal of Sexual Aggression as well as a past Chair of NOTA

He spent the majority of his employed career in various roles at the NSPCC as a practitioner, team manager and operational Assistant Director as well as service, practice and policy development relating to child sexual abuse and sexual offending.

Since 2012 he has been an independent Safeguarding Consultant working with a range of organisations including NSPCC: the Scout Association; Save the Children International (SCI); Save the Children UK (SCUK); the Methodist Independent Schools Trust; the Methodist Church; the Cognita schools organisation; Ampleforth College and Abbey; Trinity College, Oxford; Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge and Oxfam. He is an experienced trainer and presenter having worked across the UK as well as Canada, Italy, Norway, Singapore, Spain and the USA.

Marcus is author of a number of some eighty publications on child abuse and sex offender related issues including five edited books. For the past decade he has had a particular interest in organisational safeguarding, undertaking research about, and with, organisational offenders. His most recent publications include two edited books ‘Creating Safer Organisations: Practical Steps to Prevent the Abuse of Children by Those Working with Them’ (2012, Wiley) and Protecting Children and Adults from Abuse after Savile: What institutions and Organisations Need to Do (2018, Jessica Kingsley Publishers) which considers the learning from the 70+ inquiry reports published in the wake of revelations about Jimmy Savile’s criminality. In 2019, amongst other publications he co-edited a special edition on the prevention of sexual abuse for the Journal of Interpersonal Violence (Sage).

His research experience includes as principal investigator on a research study with people convicted of sexual offences against children committed in professional settings (NSPCC, 2012) and as co-principal investigator (with Keith Kaufman) of a comprehensive literature review of risk and protective factors for institutional child sexual abuse for the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (2016).

He was the expert witness for a Royal Commission case study into sexual abuse of students by the principal in a prestigious Australian dance school in 2016 and was an expert witness for the IICSA (the England & Wales Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse) investigation relating to residential schools. In 2019 he was made an inaugural NOTA Fellow in recognition of his long-term contribution to the organisation and its’ work.           

Keith L. Kaufman, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

Professor Kaufman is trained as a Clinical/Community Psychologist and is a Professor of Psychology at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, USA. He is Past President of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) and recipient of their Significant Lifetime Achievement Award. He has also received the U.S. Office Of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention’s Gould-Wysinger award for research excellence. Professor Kaufman has chaired state prevention committees in Ohio and Oregon and co-chaired the committee that created Oregon’s first statewide sexual violence prevention plan. He is a member of the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation, Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Safety Task Force, and was previously on the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s advisory board and Big Brothers Big Sisters National Safety Committee.

Professor Kaufman has provided assessment and treatment to both child sexual abuse survivors and juvenile sexual offenders, as well as their families. He currently serves as a national safety consultant and trainer with a focus on preventing sexual violence and enhancing safety in organizational settings. He has provided consultation and trainings nationally and internationally to a broad range of organizations including: Interpol; Safe Sport International; the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee; the U.S. Center for SafeSport; Big Brothers Big Sisters of America; Boys & Girls Clubs of America; Boy Scouts of America; and the Committee for Children.  

Professor Kaufman’s research has focused on organizational prevention and safety, as well as etiological factors in sexual offending committed by juveniles and adults (e.g., modus operandi, sexual fantasy, sexual history). He has edited/co-authored three books, a host of book chapters, and numerous peer reviewed journal publications. Professor Kaufman was the lead author on the first prevention chapter to be included in Interpol’s member manual. He also co-authored a comprehensive review of the international literature on risk and protective factors related to child sexual abuse in youth serving organizations (YSO) for the Australian Royal Commission on Into Institutional Responses To Child Sexual Abuse (with Marcus Erooga; 2016). His recent publications have focused on topics that include: The prevention of child sexual abuse in YSOs; Assessing the safety culture in YSOs; Powerful YSO sexual perpetrators; Preventing athlete harm in sports; and the impact of disrupted caregiving for juvenile sexual offenders.

Dr. Kaufman recently completed a $1 million U.S. Department of Justice grant funded project to develop a national Campus Situational Prevention Approach to enhance student safety. He is currently working with the U.S. Center for SafeSport on a three-year project to create the Sport Situational Prevention Approach for use with Olympic, Paralympic, and younger elite athletes across the country to prevent all types of athlete harms.

Friday 21st May

10.30am - 12 noon

Sally Fitzpatrick, BSc (Hons). MSc. C.Psychol. AFBPsS. Head of Assessment & Interventions Centre (AIC), HMP Wakefield

Jane Read CPsychol AFBPsS - HMP Wakefield

TITLE: Details to follow

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