Oxleas has partnered with the NSPCC to hold its inaugural ‘Shaping the Future’ conference

News: Oxleas has partnered with the NSPCC to hold its inaugural ‘Shaping the Future’ conference

Oxleas has partnered with the NSPCC to hold its inaugural ‘Shaping the Future’ conference, about working with children and young people who display harmful sexual behaviour. 

The conference was held last month and was a great success. With a full attendance, renowned researchers and clinicians delivered their keynote speeches and workshops to professionals working with children, young people and their families who are affected by harmful sexual behaviour. 

Dr Jackie Craissati, Clinical Director of our Forensic and Prison Services, delivered keynotes on the ‘Transitions for young people displaying harmful sexual behaviour’.

The conference was produced by the National Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service (NCATS), which is an intervention for high risk, high need young people who display harmful sexual behaviour.  Through its assessment and treatment services it helps “understand the un-understandable” by working with the child or young person’s professional network.  

Lesley French, Head of Psychology for our Children and Young People's Services says: “The key messages from the conference was around focusing on children in need and not as mini adults. Many young people respond very well to interventions and appropriate services such as NCATS, which can assist these young people in resuming a normal development pathway.”

A range of people attended the conference, from members of staff working in youth offending teams, other  children's services and representatives from the voluntary sector. The level of interest was strong and consideration for a second conference is a possibility.

Our partnership with NCATS is to last for 3 years, during this time the main focus is to raise the profile of NCATS, provide a wide range of interventions for children and their families and to build the referral base in London. NCATS is delivered by the NSPCC in partnership with Oxleas.

Published on 2nd April 2015