NAAN Professional Development Day - January 2016

NAAN Professional Development Day - January 2016

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NAAN Professional Development Day

Thursday 28 January 2016, Bristol

We look forward to welcoming you back to Armada House in Bristol for the next NAAN Professional Development Day (PDD). Once again. we'll combining expert speakers to expand your knowledge with plenty of opportunity to engage with other schemes from across England and Wales.

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Please note that each member organisation may order two free tickets for the PDD so please feel free to bring along someone else from your scheme.

Places are limited to please book early. Please book only what you need. Although tickets are free to NAAN members, the cost of no shows and late cancellations will be passed on. (see FAQs below).

Not a member? Join us for free tickets to our regular events.

Draft Agenda

Please note that agenda is currently being developed and is subject to change. However, in order to allow you to confidently book your travel in advance, the start and finish times will not change.

  • 10.00 - Registration and refreshments

  • 10.30 - Welcome & Introduction - Chris Bath - Chief Executive, NAAN

  • 10.45 - Traumatic brain injuries and the justice system (working title) - Peter McCabe - Chief Executive, Headway (the brain injury association).

  • 11.30 - Q&A with speaker

  • 11.45 - Unfitness to plead / effective participation by children in the police station (working title) - Miranda Bevan, Law Commission / London School of Economics.

  • 12.30 - Q&A speaker

  • 12.45 - Lunch. A lovely buffet lunch from the impressive Armada House catering team, very well received in the feedback from last year. A chance to informally network with professionals delivering AA services across England & Wales (and sometimes even further afield).

  • 13:30 - Open Space. Your most important issues are guaranteed to be on the agenda - because you define the agenda. Bring your challenges and bright ideas and share them with colleagues. Move freely between discussions when you've contributed or gained what you could.

  • 14:30 - Refreshments (Open Space continues)

  • 16.00 - Close

Expert Speakers

Peter McCabe

Peter is Chief Executive of Headway, the brain injury assocation. The charity is dedicated to promoting understanding of all aspects of brain injury and providing information, support and services to survivors, their families and carers. Headway has recently joined NAAN as an associate member and are developing a justice project to improve support for people with a brain injury in the criminal justice system. Peter will talk about acquired brain injury and engage with delegates on how people can be most effectively supported.

Miranda Bevan

Miranda led the Law Commission's unfitness to plead project which reports in January. She is also currently undertaking a PhD on the effective participation of children in the police station and the critical role played by appropriate adults. As Miranda formally leaves the Law Commission at Christmas, she will combine an informed and independent view on unfitness, wit a discussion on children in police custody.


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email or call 07739 904 858.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes, as long as it is transferred to another representative of your organisation. Please let us know about any changes so that we can ensure your delegate has a name badge.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

It is helpful if you can bring your ticket with you as it helps with the registration process. However, if you do not bring the ticket you we'll just need your name.

What if I book but then can't make it?

Spaces are limited, and we want them all to count. It is very frustrating for members who have not been able to attend because all the places are booked, only to discover on the day that were spare spaces. Even though places at the event are free to members, they are not free to the charity, so please only book if you are committing to attending. No shows on the day and cancellations with less than two weeks notice may be subject to a charge of £35 to contribute to the costs incurred.

What are my transport options?

Mainline stations: Bristol Temple Meads train station is a 15 min walk from Armada House.

Book train tickets as early as possible to secure the best rates. You can check prices now at

Buses: Number 70 and 71 buses run every 8 mins from Bristol Temple Meads. Alight at Baldwin Street (11 minutes) and the Armada is around the corner. See map

More details for travelling by road and map to the venue here

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