Sexual Offending against Children: Assessment and Treatment of Male Abusers

Sexual Offending against Children: Assessment and Treatment of Male Abusers

Sexual Offending against Children: Assessment and Treatment of Male Abusers

Sexual Offending against Children: Assessment and Treatment of Male Abusers

Synopsis

Written by a multi-disciplinary group of leading practitioners, Sexual Offending Against Childrenprovides an account of the practice, policy and management issues involved in the assessment and treatment of adult and adolescent sexual offenders against children. Written for practitioners from all disciplines concerned with this area of work, it is underpinned by a strong theoretical base, giving a practical and detailed description of the management of sexual offenders, as well as the potential impact on service providers.

Excerpt

The most compelling reason for finding ways of successfully treating people who commit sexual offences against children is one of child protection. Programmes to change the behaviour of offenders may have a beneficial effect on the individuals involved and enable them to rejoin society or to be reunited with their families. But for the majority of workers engaged in managing programmes, in improving practice and influencing policy in this difficult area of social concern, the driving motivation is the need of the victims. This is why those who work with child victims and those who treat the perpetrators of child abuse must continually share information and work together.

Since its beginning in 1986, ChildLine has talked with thousands of children and young people about a wide range of problems, and child sexual abuse has always been high in our statistics. ChildLine counsellors have listened to children talking about appalling abuse: betrayed by those who should care for them, made to feel responsible for the actions of the abuser and ashamed of their part in what has happened. Every day our counsellors hear the confusion of children manipulated and used by abusers, children who wish to avoid the break-up of their homes, who suffer the anxiety of being removed and placed into care and most of all who fear that they will not be believed. Most of the agency’s work involves intra-familial abuse but we also hear from children caught in the web of the paedophile ring or being forced into dangerous sexual relationships.

Hearing this daily cry of pain from victims, one response might be to call on the legislators and judiciary for longer sentences and retribution. This book is essential reading for those seeking policy solutions; for what we also know from the children is that unless there is an alternative to prison, they often will not tell. Indeed, when abusers serve a prison sentence without treatment they are likely to return to their community and to their abusing behaviour. Imprisonment, where at best the abusers’ fantasies are reinforced and, at worst, where further methods of acquiring, grooming

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