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SASO 46th Annual Conference - Crime and Justice - Past Present and Future

SASO's 46th Annual Conference - "Crime and Justice: Past, Present and Future" will take place at the Dunblane Hydro Hotel on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th November 2015.

In the Chair:  Paul Johnston, Director-General Learning & Justice, Scottish Government

Keynote Presentations from:

  •  Professor Susan McVie, School of Law, University of Edinburgh
  • DCC Iain Livingstone, Police Scotland
  • Professor Lesley McAra, Chair of Penology, University of Edinburgh
  • Alan Baird, Chief Social work Adviser to the Scottish Government
  • Vivian Geiran, Director of the Probation Service, Ireland
  • Michael Donnellan, Director General of the Irish Prison Service
  • Professor Alexis Jay OBE, Chair of the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS)

Panel Discussion:  Interactive Session:  Exhibition:  Networking Opportunities

Download the full programme here.

Download the registration form here.


The exploitation of the vulnerable - SASO Glasgow Branch Conference 2015

The SASO Glasgow Branch Day Conference  - "The exploitation of the vulnerable - how the law protects the dignity of vulnerable individuals" -  will be held on 14th May 2015 from 1 pm to 7 pm at the McCance Lecture Theatre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

In the chair:  Kirsty Wark, Journalist, Broadcaster & Writer

Guest speakers:
Mhairi McGowan, ASSIST & Domestic Abuse Services, Community Safety, Glasgow
Doorsuur Zasha, Dignity Alert Research Forum (DARF)
- Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm Graham, Major Crime & Public Protection, Police Scotland
Robert Fyfe, Practice Teacher & Appropriate Adult, Social Work Standby Service
Iain Logan, Policy Division, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

Exploring themes including  domestice abuse, female genital mutilation, organised crime, appropriate adults, child support law, forced marriage, human trafficking and exploitation.

Registration rates from £25 to £90.  4.5 hrs CPD for Advocates, Solicitors, CJSW, Police, Children's Hearings Member

Download the draft conference programme here.

Download speaker biographies here.

Download a registration form here.

The exploitation of the vulnerable - SASO Glasgow Branch Conference 2015

SASO Glasgow Branch Conference 2015 - "The exploitation of the vulnerable - how the law protects the dignity of vulnerable individuals" - was held at the McCance Lecture Theatre, University of Strathclyde on Thursday 14 May.  The conference was chaired by Kirsty Wark, journalist, broadcaster and writer.

Copies of the conference programme, speaker biographies and some of the presentations are now available in our Archives Section.

Help Shape Services for Looked After Children and Young People

With the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 there are big legislative changes taking place in Scotland this year that will directly impact looked after children and young people, care leavers and the professionals who support them.

Against this background of opportunity and uncertainty, the Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum (STAF) is beginning a consultation with organisations across all sectors to better understand the issues and concerns they have about this new act, for themselves and their service users.

If you provide any service to children or young people, even if you have not identified them as being in care or having left it, please complete STAF’s short online survey, which will take no more than 4 or 5 minutes to complete.

The survey can be accessed at:

Established in 1998, STAF has a strong record of actively engaging with frontline workers and managers throughout the country, representing their views in its work influencing senior policy makers in the public sector and national government. STAF’s aim is to improve the services looked after children and young people receive and to address the inequality of outcomes for them in education, health and employment.

The results of this research will inform and influence STAF’s work with service providers throughout Scotland to improve the lives of young people with experience of living in care today.

If you have any questions about this research, please contact STAF’s Communications Manager Julian Dawydiak on 0141 357 4124, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Further information about STAF’s work can be found at

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