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Improving Practice & Supporting Survivors in Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs)

This Conference is now Closed

First National Conference
A Joint Mountain Healthcare & Healthcare Conferences UK Conference

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The conference will provide valuable insight and discussion for any professional in the field of sexual abuse and violence, and offers five hours of training for continuing professional development (CPD) subject to peer group approval for revalidation purposes.

The wide programme which includes lived experience, expert sessions and examples of innovation will bring together delegates to share information, advance learning opportunities and support professional growth. It will particularly useful for policy and decision makers, people working in the criminal justice system, police officers, forensic physicians, health professionals, those working in safeguarding, those supporting people through court and therapeutically.

The day will be Chaired by Dr Kate Shardlow, Medical Director and Emelia Spencer National Director for Sexual Assualt Referral Centres and will cover a widerange of patient focussed topics including; What does excellence look like, FFLM Guidelines in Practice and developing supportive services for children and young people. During the day there will be opportunity for practitioners to work collectively with the guidance of subject matter experts to look at some of the current and emerging challenges within the field of sexual assault.

“Sexual assault or domestic abuse can happen to anyone – any age, ethnicity, gender or social circumstance – and it may be a one-off event or happen repeatedly. But sadly, thousands of people aren’t sure where to turn to get the help they need, and today the NHS is making it clear that you can turn to us. We provide confidential emotional, medical or practical support at our sexual assault referral centres, a dedicated safe space for anyone who needs it, regardless of when the incident happened.”

Kate Davies, CBE, NHS England Director of Health and Justice, Armed Forces and Sexual Assault Referral Centres, February 2022

“A new survey found two in five people aren’t sure or do not know where to get help after being sexually assaulted, with 72% unaware there are NHS specialist sexual assault services who can offer confidential support. More than half of people who have experienced sexual assault also say they did not seek help afterwards.”

NHS England, February 2022

Topics covered include:

  • Understanding the lived experience of sexual assault: A survivors perspective
  • Developing supporting services for children and young people
  • What does excellence look like?
  • FFLM Guidelines into practice
  • Sexual assault and drugs / drink spiking
  • Improving professional responses to children and young adults
  • Improving practice: Police responses to sexual violence crimes
  • Learning from investigations

Chair & Speakers Include:

Dr Kate Shardlow

Associate Medical Director (Clinical Governance & Named Doctor For Safeguarding)
Mountain Healthcare

Emelia Spencer

National SARC and Secure Estate Director
Mountain Healthcare

Hannah Cooper

Service Manager & Senior Social Worker
Purple Leaf

Meera Kulkarni

Sheffield Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage with your key audience  
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact Carolyn Goodbody for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

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