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Commander Brian Paddick
Specialist Crime Directorate
New Scotland Yard
give a presentation entitled:
police approach to drugs. Have they got it right?
UK drugs field has always been dynamic and flexible. Keeping up with changes
in drug use at street level, and responding to changes in government policy
has always been a critical challenge. The UKHRA annual conference helps
workers keep up to date, and shape the policy agenda.
was established three years ago as a result of our shared perception that
the government was abandoning harm reduction in favour of an approach
that was completely dominated by the criminal justice agenda. Since then,
the revised national strategy Tackling Drugs Together, articulates
a commitment to harm reduction issues alongside their crime control agenda,
and so our focus and approach has shifted slightly to reflect this.
conference is the one time of year that we can all get together, both
members and non-members, to discuss the issues that are most pressing
at any given time and to reflect and share our learning. This year, the
focus is on the future of harm reduction and if the programme is any indicator,
I believe that once again, well be staging an important and vibrant
event. I look forward to meeting you there.
Peter McDermott, UKHRA
There will be a pre-conference evening dinner on Thursday 12 June to introduce
UKHRA directors to members and discuss a variety of issues in relation
to UKHRA. This is an optional dinner but all conference delegates are
welcome to attend and the price is included in the delegate fee. A full
days conference then takes place on Friday 13 June.
The Cardiff Convention Centre, Wales provides excellent modern event facilities
within walking distance of Cardiff Central Railway Station and the heart
of the city.
This conference is aimed at drug workers, drug users, criminal justice
workers, other health and social care professionals, researchers, policy
makers and commissioners.
Delegates will be offered an opportunity to examine key harm reduction
issues in depth during workshop sessions. Delegates will be able to attend
one session of their choice. Abstracts of workshop content will be send
to all confirmed delegates to enable an informed choice. Delegates will
then be asked to indicate their preference. Sessions will be allocated
on a first come, first served basis and every effort will be made to ensure
that delegates attend their preferred session. Delegates will be notified
of their allocated session upon registration at the event arrival desk.
There will be an exhibition for organisations that would like to promote
their work to delegates. If you would like to have a display stand and/or
place an insert in the delegate packs, please call the conference coordinator
for full details.
Telephone: 020 7928 9152
All fees include the UKHRA conference dinner on 12 June and all refreshments
and conference materials on 13 June. Please note that accommodation is
NOT included in this fee.
£105 - UKHRA members
£115 - non-members
There are also a limited
number of assisted places.
Please contact conference coordinator for details.
There are a variety of hotels in the centre of Cardiff.
An accommodation list is available on request.
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