The Association for Real Change have been working with Central Conference Consultants Ltd (CCC) to put on the first national conference on mate crime.

Best friends forever? Tackling ‘mate crime’ against people with learning disabilities
Nottingham Conference Centre
17 September 2013

This event focuses on tackling ‘mate crime’ against people with learning disabilities. People with learning disabilities are particularly vulnerable to mate crime – physical, mental or financial abuse by those they regard as friends. Such abuse is often not picked up either by adult safeguarding services or by the criminal justice system. The Association for Real Change has been raising awareness of mate crime since the start of the Safety Net project in 2009.

ARC Safety Net Project worker, Rod Landman advised Central Conference Consultants Ltd (CCC) on the programme and speakers, and the agenda for the day reflects the concerns identified through 4 years’ work on mate crime and learning disability. Rod will also be delivering a key note address alongside Sharon Luke. Their presentation will cover the work of the Safety Net project and details on how people with learning disabilities have begun to address their concerns about mate crime. Sharon recently completed a nationally recognised, professional training award and has subsequently delivered training sessions to other people with learning disabilities, carers, professionals and the Police. She has also worked in mainstream schools, teaching classes to Year 9 children on hate crime, bullying and learning disability. Sharon will reflect on her experiences over the last 12 months.

Additionally, the conference will see the launch of ARC’s new Real Change Challenge on Mate Crime. This publication captures the experiences and knowledge of the Safety Net project and aims to set a minimum standard by which learning disability services can measure their response to this most insidious of crimes. A sister publication aimed at the Police, Crown Prosecution Service and criminal justice is also being prepared.

Rod said:

“The phenomenon we now know as ‘mate crime’ was only identified four years ago as a result of Safety Net. This conference is an excellent opportunity for learning disability services to reflect on what needs to be done to keep people safe from exploitation by people they think of as friends. The presentation by Sharon and myself aims to put people with learning disabilities themselves exactly where they should be – in the driving seat.”

ARC have negotiated a 12.5% discount for all ARC Members on both the Standard and Reduced rates of entry

Standard rate for ARC members is £145 [instead of £165]+ VAT = £174

Reduced rate (small charities/voluntary org’s with fewer than 10 employees) for ARC members  will be £122.50 [instead of £140] + VAT = £147

To qualify for the discounted entry, ARC members should contact CCC, on 0115 916 3104 and quote their membership number, Alternatively, click here to book a place.