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Commander Brian Paddick
Specialist Crime Directorate
New Scotland Yard

will give a presentation entitled:
The police approach to drugs. Have they got it right?


The 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.

UKHRA 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.

Our 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, we’ll be staging an important and vibrant event. I look forward to meeting you there.

Peter McDermott, UKHRA Chair


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 day’s 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.

Workshop sessions
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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