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A Practical Guide to Improving Sexual Safety on Mental Health Wards

Thu, 4 Jul 2024

Virtual, Online

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This conference focuses Improving Sexual Safety on Mental Health Wards in response to recent investigation uncovering nearly 20,000 complaints of sexual assault, abuse and harassment across numerous NHS Trusts.

The conference will provide national updates and practical case studies from NHS Trusts that have tackled this issue in practice. We will delve into preventative measures, effective reporting procedures and legal considerations from leading professionals working together to make mental health wards a safer space for patients and staff.

“At least 19,899 sexual incidents were reported across more than 30 NHS trusts between 2019 and November 2023 – including staff assaults on patients and patients assaulting other patients … Just six out of 50 hospitals were able to prove they were meeting NHS standards aimed at protecting patients from sexual harm”

The Independent, January 2024

“It is unacceptable that so few NHS trusts in England provide active bystander training when it is proven to equip staff to tackle harassment and violence when they see it. The NHS needs to ensure all staff complete active bystander training from the very first days of undergraduate degrees through to those nearing retirement. Without this, the problems of sexual harassment will continue to be a problem in the NHS and across wider society.”

Dr Sarah Steele, Senior Research Associate, University of Cambridge, 2023

“It is deeply troubling to see that so many incidents in mental health settings go unreported. Everyone who is a victim of sexual assault should be supported to come forward, regardless of whether they are a patient or member of staff and irrespective of who the perpetrator is.”

Dr Lade Smith CBE, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, January 2024

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to improve Sexual Safety on Mental Health Wards

  • Reflect on the Lived Experience in Training, educating and empowering frontline staff to keep patients safe from unwanted sexual behaviour

  • Learn from outstanding practice in promoting the sexual safety of people using the service

  • Understand the impact of abuse and negligence to report wrongdoings

  • Develop your skills in raising awareness and increasing staff confident to address sexual safety

  • Improve your understanding of how to respond to sexual safety incidents of varying severity

  • Reflect on national developments and learn from the latest professional guidance and standards

  • Improve the way you work in partnership with the police

  • Develop your skills in risk assessment, root cause analysis and investigation

  • Understand your impact on changing organisation culture

  • Identify key strategies for creating a culture of co-production, partnership and collaboration

  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice

  • Supports CPD professional development and acts as revalidation evidence. This course provides 5 Hrs training for CPD subject to peer group approval for revalidation purposes

Speakers include:

Mr Tom Bell

Director & Lead Consultant

Mr Mike O'Connell

Legal Services Practitioner and Interim Senior Inquests Manager
Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

Sarah Markham

Lived Experience Partner
NHS England

Dr Sarah Steele

Senior Research Associate

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 Sarah Jane for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

Fee Options

Virtual NHS, Schools, Care and Public Sector



Virtual Voluntary sector & charities



Virtual Commercial organisations



(Prices in brackets include VAT)


Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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