Crime, Justice & Mental Health Conference

Strathclyde University

Thursday 11th May 2017

To Book your place:

Conference Chair:  Dr Joe Morrow QC, Lord Lyon & President of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland

Speakers Include:

  • Sheriff Iain Felming: Introductory Remarks
  • Dr Melanie Baker, Consultant in Psychiatry Leverndale Hospital, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde: Rehabilitation to the Community
  • Karyn McCluskey, Chief Executive Community Justice Scotland: Violence and Mental Health
  • Dr Jenni Ashmead, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Glasgow Infant & Families Team, NSPCC
  • and Dr Julia Donaldson, Clinical Director, Glasgow Infant & Families Team, NSPCC: The mental health of young children in care: can we prevent intergenerational trauma and criminality?
  • Chief Inspector Rosie Wright, THRIVE, Police Scotland: Policing, Mental Health and Distress
  • May Dunsmuir, President, Additional Support Needs Tribunals for Scotland: Is there Anybody Out There?
  • Dan Johnson, Senior Forensic Psychiatrist Kibble Education and Care Centre: The role of trauma and adversity in adolescent violence

Q&A, Panel-led Audience Discussion.

Dr Cyrus Tata (Professor of Law and Criminal Justice at Strathclyde Law School) and Honorary Secretary of Glasgow SASO explained the rationale for the conference:

“The relationship between crime, mental health and justice could hardly be more pressing. Yet it is a subject which has tended to neglected.  Key questions which will be tackled at this conference include:

  • What is the impact of mental health on offending?
  • How can services be designed to reduce the impact of mental health upon individuals (including survivors, families, etc.)?
  • What are the most effective ways of dealing with those affected by mental health who are going through the justice system?
  • How should the balance between care and control be decided?

 “We are thrilled, therefore, to be able to present such an outstanding cast of speakers. The conference is an important opportunity for all those who are interested in the future crime, justice and mental health to come together to learn, exchange views and experience and debate the future direction.”

Full programme and conference details together with delegate booking form available at

Glasgow & West of Scotland SASO 2017 Annual Conference.    Conference Venue: McCance Building Strathclyde University, Glasgow City Centre.

Who will participate in the conference?   Judiciary, Police, Prosecutors, Advocates, Solicitors, Academics, CJAs, Prison Service Managers, Social Workers, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Children’s Panel Members, Scottish Government, Students Third Sector, etc.

CPD for most professionals including: Advocates, Solicitors, Police, Children’s Panel & Social Work 

ALL WELCOME but booking is essential.