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5. Prediction of violence and sexual violence using actuarial instruments

The Violence Risk Appraisal Guide (VRAG)

The Sexual Offences Risk Appraisal Guide(SORAG) 

The prediction of serious reoffending is of great importance to professionals working in many fields (psychology, psychiatry, social work, nursing, law, etc.).

Over the past decade a number of instruments have been developed that aid in the prediction of such serious offences.

In this course we shall cover two related instruments: the Violence Risk Appraisal Guide (VRAG) and the Sexual Offences Risk Appraisal Guide (SORAG).

We are also happy to discuss and give examples of other instruments such as the OGRS-II and COVR.

In the course you will cover: 

• How to score the individual items of the VRAG and SORAG

• How to interpret the scores

• How the instruments were developed and the evidence-base that supports their efficacy

• Case vignettes to practice scoring and interpretation

• The strengths and limitations of actuarial risk instruments


The course is a 1-day workshop that includes lunch and refreshments. Attendance is open to professionals from a wide range of disciplines. 



Thanks to the sponsorship of the Welsh Assembly Government we are able to offer these courses at discount prices for those working within Welsh Institutions


Full course - 1 day 175gbp per person

(225gbp for those in Non-Welsh Institutions)


Lunch and refreshments are provided.


Further information and discussion of training needs can be sought from

Nicola Gray
PO Box 5207
Cardiff CF5 9BR
phone number  02920 874937