National Appropriate Adult Network Professional Development Day January 2017
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National Appropriate Adult Network Professional Development Day January 2017

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NAAN Professional Development Day

Thursday 26th January 2017

Bristol, Old Council House

We look forward to welcoming you to our first Professional Development Day (PDD) of 2017.

NAAN members may reserve up to two free places so please feel free to bring a colleague or volunteer. 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).

If you are not a member, or you'd like to bring more people, additional tickets may be available for purchase. Non-members can also 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 & welcome

  • 10.30 - Dr Hugh Asher - ' Autism and vulnerability in police custody'

  • 11.15 - Q&A

  • 11.30 - Break

  • 11.45 - Roxanna Dehaghani - 'Barriers to the appropriate adult safeguard'

  • 12.30 - Q&A

  • 12.45 - Networking Lunch. A buffet lunch from the catering team and a chance to informally network with professionals delivering AA services

  • 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.

  • 15.00 - Close


Roxanna Dehagani - Leicester University

Roxanna's PhD thesis examines the construction and identification of vulnerability within the context of police custody. This involves, inter alia, a qualitative analysis of how custody officers interpret 'vulnerability', how they identify whether a suspect is 'vulnerable', and how they make decisions based on their findings.

Roxanna is interested in police decision-making, how vulnerability is interpreted within various contexts, and how different jurisdictions approach vulnerability and police custody. She has more recently developed an interest into the interplay between immigration and the criminal justice system. Her interests also include the criminal process, youth justice, mental health/disability law, family law, criminology, socio-legal studies, and qualitative methodology.

Dr Hugh Asher - KeyRing

Hugh is the project manager of the KeyRing ‘Equal and Fair’ Project, a three year Comic Relief-Funded project delivering awareness training and improving understanding about learning disabilities and autism across the criminal justice system. He also works as a freelance trainer and consultant specialising in enabling the development of stronger therapeutic relationships between practitioners and clients in complex needs services and criminal justice settings.

Hugh has previously worked for two years as an Appropriate Adult in Lancashire and Greater Manchester; as a prison drug worker; trained prison staff in working with substance users; and conducted research in prisons on establishing therapeutic relationships.


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email or call 07739 904 858.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Transfers within member schemes may be possible. Please contact us on the above address to discuss.

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 £45 to contribute to the costs incurred.

What are my transport options?

Trains: The nearest station is Bristol Temple Meads which is one mile away.

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Bus: 15 minutes by bus from Bristol Temple Meads - view on Google maps

Car users: There are extensive parking facilities nearby.

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