Keep Safe Training

Participants and trainers (Ro Rossiter, Tizard Centre, Stephen Barry and Victoria Jones, Be Safe Service Bristol) at the recent Keep Safe training in London. Keep Safe, an intervention for males aged 12-25 with learning disabilities who have displayed problematic or harmful sexual behaviours, was developed and feasibility trialled through a Tizard based project.

Thanks to Claire Bates and Choice Support for welcoming us. Amazingly, one of their receptionists – also in photo – was one of the characters in the well-known, and still used, sex and relationships video “My Choice, My Own Choice”.

There are a few places left on the next  Keep Safe training 22/23 November 2018 in Glasgow organised by NOTA Scotland- see

For more information on Keep Safe see
Malovic, Aida and Rossiter, Rowena and Murphy, Glynis H. (2018) Keep Safe: the development of a manualised group CBT intervention for adolescents with ID who display harmful sexual behaviours. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour, 9 (1). pp. 49-58. ISSN 2050-8824. (doi: at

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SOTSEC-ID Training

This week Prof Murphy, Prof Langdon and Dr Neil Sinclair ran two days of SOTSEC-ID training for psychologists in Dublin. The psychologists came from all over Ireland and are wanting to provide SOTSEC-ID treatment for men with intellectual disabilities and harmful sexual behaviour. Dr Emily Blake and Dr Magali Barnoux were also there, receiving training and providing admin support.

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MindEd LDMH Modules now live

A number of academics and professionals have been working on a  free online training resource for anyone about people with intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviour, autism, and those with mental health problems with funding from HEE.  The CBF have been working alongside experts in this area to develop these training modules.  They are now live, with an official launch date to be announced.

If anyone wants to access them, they just need to set up an account.   This is free to anyone.



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Experiences of family carers – recruitment for study

Researchers at the Tizard Centre and PSSRU, University of Kent are conducting a study about the experiences of family carers who manage personal budgets for people with intellectual disabilities and/or autism who have moderate to high levels of support need.

The researchers would like to speak one-to-one with family carers to understand more about your experiences of managing personal budgets, such as what information and support is available to you.

If you would be interested in taking part in this please contact Agnes Turnpenny or Beckie Whelton.

For more information please see our poster: Recruitment advertisement_KentSurreyEssex

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Forced Marriage “My marriage, my choice”

On Monday 15th October, Dr Michelle McCarthy from the Tizard Centre will join colleagues from University of Nottingham at the House of Commons to discuss the findings of their Forced Marriage  research project and show My Marriage My Choice , the film they have made with, and for, people with learning disabilities and their families.

Michelle will also be giving a seminar on this topic on Wednesday 24 October at the University of Kent, Canterbury campus, 17:00-18:00 hrs.  If you wish to attend please email

The lecture is free and open to everyone.

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Positive Behaviour Support Lead (job opportunity)

United Response have an exciting job opportunity for a Positive Behaviour Support Lead. Working across North England, the successful candidate will shape and maintain PBS practice across our services. United Response are committed to making PBS accessible to everyone and increasing team competence. The PBS lead will undertake functional assessments, and interpret these in a way that is meaningful to the person and their circle of support. Candidates will hold a qualification relevant to PBS and will have extensive experience of supporting individuals with learning disabilities and/or autism who may present behaviour that challenges.


Please check out the link for the full job description and details on how to apply. For further information, please email

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SOTSEC-ID Training

In September 2018, Prof Murphy (Tizard Centre), Dr Neil Sinclair and Dr Rowena Rossiter  welcomed 10 visitors from Japan, including Mayumi Howie (Prof of Psychology), Takeshi Hirai (Professor of Education), Yoko Ise (psychiatrist), Yoshiko Hashimoto (lawyer), and 4 social workers (from Nagoya child guidance centre). The group had come for further training in SOTSEC-ID and Keep Safe, as they have started running such CBT groups in Japan in the relative absence of other treatment initiatives for people with intellectual disabilities and/or autism who have harmful sexual behaviour. The group came with Masako Suzuki, who acted as Translator. Masako is also chair of the Itabashi Parents association for persons with developmental disorders.

After 3 days with Prof Murphy, Dr Rossiter & Dr Sinclair, the group also visited the Prison Reform Trust (to meet with Jenny Talbot) and met with Respond. Finally on Friday, Prof Murphy accompanied them to Oxleas NHS Trust to meet with facilitators of SOTSEC-ID groups and some experts by experience.

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Seattle Club Conference 2018

This year’s Seattle Club Conference is being held at the Shrewsbury Centre of the University of Chester, on 3 – 4 December 2018.

The Conference is open to any researcher based in the UK or Ireland, who has new data relevant to the study of intellectual and developmental disabilities.

More details will be available shortly with regards to registration/applications.


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Asperger’s and well-being: invitation to participate in PhD Research

“The relationship between interests and well-being”

Summer Hubble, Researcher at Canterbury Christ Church University is carrying out a study looking at the possible link  between leisure interests and well-being. She is interested to see if the special interests of autistic individuals benefit well-being differently to the interests of non-autistic individuals. You do not need an autism or Asperger’s diagnosis to take part.

 If you decide to take part in the study, you will be asked to answer a series of questions, by giving them a rating (for example, 1-5). These questions will ask you about different activities that you may or may not take part in, how often you do them, and how much you enjoy them. You will also be asked questions on your well-being, such as how happy you are, and a small number of questions that some people might find sensitive, such as whether or not you have a current mental health problem and/or any psychological diagnosis. You do not have to answer these questions if you do not wish to.

This is an online survey and to participate you need to go to the following link:

If you wish to contact Summer you can do this by email:





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New Study: experience of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities receiving life skills training.

Recruitment for new study: Dr Ciara Padden, Dr Peter Baker & Gillian Eaglestone are now recruiting for their new study “The East Study: experiences of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities receiving life skills training”. They are looking for family members to participate in this study.

Are you a:
• Family member (i.e., parent or sibling) of an adult with a learning disability/autism?
• Are you based in London or South East England?
• Does your family member now, or did s/he in the past 5 years, attend a life skills training programme?
If you answered YES, we would like to hear from you.

Dr Ciara Padden, Dr Peter Baker and Ms Gillian Eaglestone are now recruiting family members of adults with learning disabilities or autism to take part in a study about their experiences of life skills training. Life skills help people deal with everyday challenges in life. Examples may include managing personal care or finances, taking part in leisure activities, or developing vocational skills (you can find more details here).
We would like to ask your views on life skills training. This would involve taking part in a focus group, a one-to-one-interview, or both. You do not need to be involved in a care role for your family member to take part in this study.
This project is funded by the NIHR School for Social Care Research.

Further information
T: 01227 816621 / 01227 824640
E: or…/research_projects/…/eaststudy.html…

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