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Exploitation Special Interest Group

'SIG Launch: Understanding exploitation and abuse that occurs outside the home'

1st May 2024, 12:00pm - 1:30pm 

Co-chairs: Helena Wykes-Dart, Dr Sarah Shorrock, Dr Gareth Addidle and Sarah Forrest 

This Special Interest Group (SIG) aims to consider at a range of areas that can be categorised under the header of exploitation and harm that occurs outside the home.  In a slight move away from our traditional Special Interest Group model, these events will be co-chaired by members of the SIG lead team and guest chairs, accordingly to their specialist areas of knowledge.   

The SIG Leads are: Sarah Forest, Helena Wykes-Dart, Dr Gareth Addidle and Dr Sarah Shorrock

Areas put forward for discussion by the Special Interest Group lead team include, but are not limited to: 

We welcome professionals to join this first meeting of our Exploitation Special Interest Group, to help inform the SIGs trajectory, engage in dialogue with sector peers, and contributing your own professional experience.

Lunch and Learn

Vulnerability and Risk: Turbulent Times and Policing Paradox

16th May 2024 - 12.00pm - 1.30pm

Speaker: Dr Gareth Addidle

Vulnerability in Policing

In policing, vulnerability refers to individuals or groups who are at increased risk of harm or victimisation due to various factors such as age, disability, mental health issues, socioeconomic status, or those with substance abuse issues or experiencing domestic violence. Policing strategies often aim to identify and support vulnerable people and communities, providing them with appropriate assistance and protection.

Identifying vulnerability

Identifying vulnerability is crucial as vulnerabilities can affect the behaviour and decision-making of both officers and the public, influencing interactions and outcomes in law enforcement contexts. Moreover, vulnerability informs crime prevention strategies, as certain groups, such as children, the elderly, or marginalised communities, may be more susceptible to victimisation. But, given this crucial role vulnerability plays in policing, it is important to question how our sector conceives vulnerability. We ought to question how we define who is “vulnerable”, how vulnerability is assessed, and why?

The session

Set within global public sector reform processes, as policing is part of public service delivery, this Lunch and Learn, led by Dr Gareth Addidle, considers the measurement of vulnerability, how this influences policing practice, and the role of the Police and others in contemporary policing.

Ensuring effective responses to vulnerability requires training, collaborative partnerships, and the development of compassionate and inclusive policing practices. This session brings multi-agency professionals together for an introductory discussion that will help us question our own understanding of vulnerability within the context of policing and law enforcement.