National Stalking Clinic

The National Stalking Clinic (NSC) is a specialist service for the assessment and treatment of stalkers, and of stalking victims.

Contact details

Camlet 1, North London Forensic Service, Chase Farm Hospital, The Ridgeway, Enfield, EN2 8JL

Tel: 020 8375 8777

Fax: 020 8375 1086

Managers: Dr Frank Farnham, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Dr Rob Bates, Clinical Director
and Sara Henley, Head of Therapies

Opening hours: Monday - Friday 9-5pm

Who we are

The National Stalking Clinic (NSC) is a specialist service for the assessment and treatment of stalkers, and of stalking victims. It is an initiative of the North London Forensic Service, part of the Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH).

What we offer

The National Stalking Clinic provides:-

i) Preparation of assessment reports

  • Reports will concern formal assessment of risks and provision of suggestions as to their management in cases involving individuals who have been engaging in behaviours involving stalking, harassment and threat.
  • The preparation of reports will normally involve detailed interview of the person concerned, as well as study of relevant background documents (e.g. psychiatric, court, probation, medical, and social services files).
  • Assessment will be available in custody, in the community and in mental health facilities.
  • For referrals from the criminal justice system, assessments can be offered on cases charged/convicted specifically for offences involving harassment or threat or for other offences in which these behaviours formed a significant component.
  • For referrals from outside the criminal justice system, the behaviour alone is sufficient grounds for a referral and the involvement of the criminal justice system is not a requirement.
  • Reports for the courts will normally be provided at the sentencing stage and deal with risk and disposal issues. However, reports concerning risk will also be available where required in bail applications.Risk assessment will incorporate use of the Stalking Risk Profile as a structured adjunct to the process.
  • In more concerning cases, a joint assessment by a psychologist and a consultant forensic psychiatrist will be undertaken. Assessment by a psychologist alone may prove sufficient in some circumstances.

 

ii) Provision of treatment programmes for stalkers

  • Structured programmes of psychological treatment are available, where preliminary assessment indicates that such treatment may be beneficial.
  • These are individual programmes, not groups.
  • The treatment programmes are psychologist-led.
  • They are generally available only under compulsion, either as a condition of a community order or of parole.
  • The programmes are based in London.
  • They follow the modular treatment system developed at the Problem Behaviours Clinic in Melbourne.
  • Not all individuals are suitable for treatment, and a prior assessment by the NSC is required in order to ascertain suitability or otherwise.

 

iii) Guidance on managing evolving cases.

  • Guidance can be offered to police, MAPPAs and other agencies on problematic cases which have yet to lead to conviction or re-conviction. 
  • This will involve advice as to risk or as to how to proceed in the handling of a case.
  • This service will be led by a consultant forensic psychiatrist specialising in the field, cleared to SC level.
  • It will in many cases be based upon studying paperwork and case management discussions, but examination of the individual in question will on occasion be undertaken.

iv) Assessment and treatment of stalking victims

  • Assessment and treatment of stalking victims are offered at a London base, separate from that concerning stalking perpetrators.

 

Who is the service for

This is a nationwide service providing assessment and treatment for stalkers and stalking victims

The following is a list of the principal agencies to which the service if offered. Referrals from

other sources may be considered:-

i) Magistrates’ Courts

  • Magistrates’ courts within London may to request assessment reports in stalking and harassment cases for those on bail or in custody.
  • Magistrates’ courts elsewhere may request reports on those on bail.

ii) Crown Courts

  • A service is available to Crown Courts in serious cases nationwide, in custody or on bail.
  • Preparation of such reports will normally involve both a psychiatrist and a psychologist.
  • Reports will concern risk, treatment needs and disposal options.
  • Reports as to risk will be available for bail applications.

iii) Probation Service

  • Risk assessment and management reports will be prepared for the probation service on request, at various stages in the criminal justice process

iv) Parole board

  • Referrals will be accepted from the parole board for the preparation of reports in cases where those convicted of offences with a prominent stalking component are making parole applications.

v) Multi-agency Public Protection Panels (MAPPs)

  • Reports may be requested by MAPPs around the country on relevant cases coming up for release, or upon individuals being supervised in the community as level 2 or level 3 cases.

Such reports will concern both risk and its multi-agency management.

vi) Mental Health Trusts

  • Referrals will be taken from other mental health services upon patients where there are concerns about harassment or stalking behaviours.
  • Cases may be taken on for treatment, especially where this is part of a court disposal in an area where another Trust has the responsibility for providing care.
  • vii) Police forces
  • Reports and attendance at planning meetings will be available on high-risk cases in which the police require guidance about the conduct of an investigation.

viii) Crown Prosecution Service

  • Reports on cases will be provided upon request.

ix) Social Services

  • Referrals for reports as to risk and its management will be undertaken upon request.

 

How you can access our service

Referrers are encouraged to ring and discuss potential referrals with members of the clinical team. This can be arranged by:-

  • Leaving a telephone message at 020 8375 8777
  • Sending a message by e-mail to NationalStalkingClinic@nhs.net

After such discussion, referrers will be sent a referral pack, including a referral form and service agreement. For situations where an immediate response is required (such as some circumstances at court), it is appropriate that an undertaking be made to refer the case, after which the referral can be dealt with promptly through the above process.

Key Contacts

Nationalstalkingclinic@nhs.net

Additional Information

Pricing Structure

Individual estimates can be provided upon request. The following is a general guide:-

Assessment

  • Magistrates’ Courts - standard fees apply.
  • Crown Courts - fees will be agreed in advance through the usual mechanisms.

Guideline price for other agencies:

  • between £1,000 and £3,000 per report, depending on the complexity of the case.

(N.B. A guideline may be exceeded).

Treatment

Prices for treatment programmes will be estimated for each case according to the resource levels required.

 

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