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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

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Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry Special interest Group

Formed in November 2002, the genesis of this SIG marked an increasing interest in the mental health of children and adolescents who pose a risk to themselves or others. This group of young people have mental health needs that are relevant to a broad range of psychiatric disciplines including child & adolescent psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, psychiatry of people with learning disability, neuropsychiatry, substance misuse and general adult psychiatry.

In September 2009, there were 1403 members of the Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry SIG, including 63 FRCPsych Fellows, 789 MRCPsych Members, 518 pre-membership psychiatric trainees and 24 affiliates.

Executive Committee


The AFPSIG holds its own conferences, and also meets regularly at each of the following:

  • Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Meeting
  • Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry Annual Meeting





Newsletters and documents

Should you require a copy of any previous newsletters not currently available on the website, please contact Francis Maunze: – the College archivist.


Executive Committee
Member  Year of joining  Position 

Dr Nick Hindley

2011 (E)


Dr Ollie White 2007 (E) Finance Officer

Dr Richard Church

2009 (C)

Web Content Editor

Dr Peter Misch

2002 (C)

Honorary Secretary

Dr Heidi Hales 2009 (C) Academic
Dr Alexandra Lewis 2012 (C) Prisons
Dr Paul Monks 2010 (C) Independent Sector
Dr Ernest Gralton 2002 (C) Forensic Developmental Disability
Dr Aileen Blower  2011 (C)

Scottish Services

Dr Cesar Lengua 2010 (C)

Forensic Faculty Liaison

Dr Abdullah Kraam 2010 (C) Child & Adolescent Faculty Liaison
Dr Suzanne Coghlan 2013 (C) SpR Representative


Past Elected AFPSIG Officers


Dr Nick Hindley (2011 - )

Dr Philip Collins (2009 - 2011 )

Dr Peter Misch (2005  - 2009)

Dr Alison Westman (2002 - 2005)


Finance Officer

Dr Olie White (2013 - )

Dr Richard Church (2009 - 2013)

Dr Ekkehart Staufenberg (2002 - 2009)




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How to join

Membership is open to all members or associates of the College. Others may be invited at the discretion of the Chair. To join, please complete our online application form

Contact us

If you have any enquiries about the Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry Special Interest Group, please contact Dr Nick Hindley.