Working with young people who sexually abuse
New pieces of the jigsaw puzzle
Edited by Martin C. Calder

"Working with young people who sexually abuse and with their families is at a watershed in its evolution as a response to a social problem of significance. In the UK, it could be elevated to the national agenda and properly resourced, or it could fall without trace. At the present time, the people who are trying to evolve our understanding of the cause of the problem and design our response systems have been left to forge an individual and inconsistent path, thus far defying any meaningful consolidation. The lack of a National Task Force or any direction from central government has aggravated this state of disarray." Martin C. Calder.

This impressive collection of carefully edited papers aims to consolidate and extend our current knowledge and practice base in relation to young people who sexually abuse. A very readable, informative and thought-provoking book, it addresses a range of issues facing practitioners, managers and policy-makers in all corners of the globe. It explores a variety of developments from theory, practice and research that will encourage the reader to reflect, review and extend their practice base. It also provides policy makers with a good platform from which to respond to the challenge of further guidance and co-ordination.

Martin C. Calder has brought to this task a variety of highly respected contributors from many spheres, spanning England, Scotland, Northern and Southern Ireland and the United States. They include academics, researchers, social work practitioners and managers from both the statutory and voluntary sectors, psychologists and educational representatives.

This text is essential reading for all professional groups involved in managing young people who sexually abuse, the legal profession, researchers, policy makers, academics and students; and it can be of assistance to the public and the media in grasping the complexity of the problem.

Large format paperback. 320 pages. 978-1-898924-46-3. Published 1999. £:49.95.



How to Begin the Assembly Process
Martin Calder

Casual explanations: filing the theoretical reservoir
Kevin J Epps

The case for paraphilic personality disorder: detection, diagnosis and treatment
Frank J MacHovec Ph.D

CASPARS: clinical assessment instruments that measure strengths and risks in children and families
Jane F Gilgun Ph.D

Recovery assessments with young people who sexually abuse
Mark S Carich Ph.D and Matthew C Lampley B.S

Attachment and intimacy in young people who sexually abuseSpencer Santry and Gerard McCarthy

A framework for multi-agency approach to working with young abusers: a management perspective
Jacqui McGarvey and Lynne Peyton

A conceptual framework for managing young people who sexually abuse: towards a consortium approach
Martin C Calder

Juveniles who sexually abuse: the relationship between fathers and their sons: a psychoanalytical view
Michael Murray

A description of a community-based project to work with young people who sexually abuse
Dr Rachel Leheup and Steve Myers

A psycho-educational support group for a neglected clinical population: parents/carers of young people who sexually abuse children and others
Loretto McKeown and Jacqui McGarvey

Young abusers with learning disabilities: towards better understanding and positive interventions
David O'Callaghan

The young person with an autistic spectrum disorder and sexually abusive behaviour: themes around Asperger's Syndrome and a case study
Graham Birtwell and Andy Bowly

The significance of trauma in problematic sexual behaviour
Stuart J Mulholland and Jeannie McIntree

Dilemmas and potential work with sexually abusive young people in residential settings
Meg Lindsay OBE

Adolescent sex offenders: characteristics and treatment effectiveness in the Republic of Ireland
Audrey Sheridan, Kieran McGrath


"This book brings back together and extends our current knowledge. What I appreciated was the invitation to practitioners to reflect on their working and thinking." Professional Social Work.

"Some edited publications are little more than a collection of related articles. In this book Calder sets out to provide stimulus to debate on the establishment of good practice in this emerging area of work. He begins by identifying a lack of direction from central authority and advocates the development of local, integrated assessment and treatment provision for this worrying group of young people. The different chapters confirm the need for a multi-agency, genuinely integrated approach.

"There is an excellent overview of theory and research from Kevin J Epps. This is followed by two valuable chapters from American authors. The first, Frank J MacHovec, argues for a consistent diagnostic criterion, paraphilic personality disorder, to assist in identification and treatment of sexually abusive behaviour in the young. The second, Jane F Gilgun, describes clinical assessment techniques that help provide a holistic assessment of children, their family and their environment. There is a chapter by David Callaghan on achieving a positive intervention with young abusers with learning difficulties, as these children tend to be over-represented and misunderstood in relation to sexually abusive behaviour. This is a substantial and potentially influential publication and hopefully Calder will go on to examine other parts of the jigsaw, especially work with prepubescent children, and the need for accreditation of training, practitioners and treatment schemes which are proliferating - sometimes with eccentric and dangerous results." Colin Hawkes in Community Care.