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This blog is written by our research staff, associates, trustees and friends to offer our thoughts on current issues around sexual offending. We also use it to talk about projects and work we're currently undertaking. If there is anything in particular you would like us to think about, drop us a line at info@tdi.org.uk.

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TDI during the ongoing Coronavirus crisis

TDI during the ongoing Coronavirus crisis

05 January 2021

As the UK has gone back into a nationwide lockdown, we update you on how we're working and how we're adapting.

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TDI have moved

TDI have moved

24 September 2020

After almost a decade, we've said goodbye to our offices in the Old Casino, and have moved around the corner to a lovely office with a view of the Assembly Rooms.

Our new address is: Suite 4, Adamson House, 65 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SG.

Please note that for the moment we don't have a phoneline, so please don't try to call us. We can be reached as normal by email at info@tdi.org.uk.

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Sexual harm prevention for organisations with clients with cognitive impairments

Sexual harm prevention for organisations with clients with cognitive impairments

18 August 2020

TDI are often asked for support by organisations working with clients with cognitive impairments (those who used to be described as having 'learning disabilities', or those with diseases such as Alzheimers). These organisations may be working for the first time with a client who has committed sexual offences, or worried about the boundaries between risky client behaviour and sexual offences. Over many years, TDI has developed training for organisations around this issue, applying our expertise in the area of sexual harm prevention along with research and inputs from experts in the field. You can find out more about this training on our Training page, but in this blog post we'll highlight some of the key things you should know.

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The challenges of re-opening safely after lockdown

The challenges of re-opening safely after lockdown

18 August 2020

TDI's biggest programme is our Leisurewatch Scheme, a public protection programme which has been running across Great Britain and Northern Ireland for over 15 years. It works to help those managing public spaces - such as leisure centres, libraries, shopping centres, parks, museums, visitor centres and lighthouses - to think about the risks of sexual offending and how to reduce them in their specific place. The current crisis has been a difficult one for our members. First they had to close down for several months, and now they have to reopen with a set of restrictions. How do these restrictions, and the crisis more generally, impact on the risk of sexual offending?

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Running online sessions safely

Running online sessions safely

09 June 2020

The current crisis means that a lot of us - TDI included - have moved to delivering our services online. However, as several high profile incidents have made clear, this can create new vulnerabilities. Our calls can be infiltrated by strangers who display inappropriate images or videos, and the anonymity of the internet can make it easier for people to groom children, vulnerable adults or their carers. Based on feed-back and best practice from those we work with, these are the key things we should think about when we're running online sessions... Read more »

TDI during the Coronavirus health emergency

TDI during the Coronavirus health emergency

17 March 2020

During the current outbreak of Coronavirus in the UK and Northern Ireland, TDI will be adjusting our working practices in line with Government advice and instruction. This post outlines how that is likely to affect our friends and clients... Read more »

Designing for safety

Designing for safety

30 September 2016

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