09:30 – 09:50

Chair’s Extended Opening Remarks

Dawn Dines

Founder & CEO, Stamp Out Spiking

09:50 – 10:10

Prosecuting Perpetrators and Updates on Sentencing for Spiking

  • Understanding the legal framework around spiking incidents 
  • Simplifying the prosecution process to improve outcomes for victims 
  • Embedding a trauma informed approach into the criminal justice system 

Dr Charlotte Proudman won the Women in Law Awards Advocate of the Year 2023.

Dr Charlotte Proudman

Barrister, Goldsmith Chambers, Founder, Right to Equality

10:10 – 10:40

Understanding and Challenging Perceptions of Spiking

  • Understanding the prevalence of spiking and who is most affected 
  • Raising awareness of substances used in spiking incidents 
  • Improving knowledge of perpetrator motivations and subsequent crimes  

Dr Amy Burrell collaborated with the Home Office and colleagues from the National Crime Agency (NCA) to conduct a systematic search of the existing research on spiking to help understand more about perpetrator motivations. 

Live Q&A
10:30 - 10:40

Dr Amy Burrell

Research Fellow, University of Birmingham 

10:40 - 11:25

Panel Discussion: Ensuring Prevention and Early Intervention to Reduce Incidents of Spiking

  • Prioritising public safety in the nighttime economy 
  • Engaging with schools, colleges and universities to raise awareness and promote early intervention 
Live Q&A
11:15 - 11:25

Michael Kill

CEO, The Night-Time Industries Association

Chief Inspector Matthew Turner

Delivery Lead for Safer Spaces and NPCC VAWG Taskforce, National Police Chiefs’ Council

Sophie Bimson

Crime Prevention and Personal Safety Advisor, UCL

Hannah Wadey

CEO, Safer Business Network

11:25 - 11:50

Spotlight Session: Improving Awareness and Training for Venue Staff on Spiking

In this session we will hear how you can improve awareness around spiking in your organisation and take preventative steps through staff training. 

Live Q&A
11:40 - 11:50

Gary Twining Wright

Specialist Security Consultant, SSMRT

11:50 – 12:15

Networking Break

Meet your colleagues and make new connections online 

12:15 - 12:40

Removing Barriers to Reporting and Improving Support for Victims of Spiking

  • Improving the reporting process and ensuring victims feel heard and supported 
  • Challenging perceptions of spiking and reducing victim blaming 
  • Ensuring targeted support for victims of spiking 
Live Q&A
12:30 - 12:40

Dr Amy Nickson

Consultant, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust Emergency Department

12:40 – 13:10

Case Study: Utilising Harm-Reduction Partnerships to Tackle Spiking

  • Equipping venue and festival staff to effectively prevent and tackle spiking incidents 
  • Improving awareness in your organisation 
  • Best practice in identifying and responding to victims of spiking in your venue 
  • Engaging in local partnerships to keep people safe 


Live Q&A
13:00 - 13:10

Superintendent Lorna Dallimore

Interim Director of Intelligence, Avon & Somerset Police

13:10 – 13:15

Closing Chair Remarks 

Dawn Dines

Founder & CEO, Stamp Out Spiking

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