Young people who sexually abuse
Building the evidence base for your practice
Edited by Martin C. Calder

Contributors from England, Scotland, Wales, USA and Canada draw from a combination of practice experience, research, programme evaluation and academic review.

Their work presented here builds on Calder's previous edited volume (Working with Young People who Sexually Abuse: New Pieces of the Jigsaw Puzzle, RHP 1999) to let you grasp the individual and tailored responses now being advocated by leaders in this field, including: Carol Barnes, Arnon Bentovim, Simon Hackett, Colin Hawkes, Robert Longo, Sue Maskell, David O'Callaghan, Lucinda Rasmussen, Eileen Vizard and others.

The 26 chapters in seven sections cover:
  • research and theoretical developments
  • impact issues
  • broad practice issues
  • assessment issues
  • treatment issues
  • management issues
  • outcomes

  • The book as a whole aims to:
  • stimulate thought and discussion
  • identify areas where further research is needed
  • guide practice, policy and procedure development.

  • This book will be of use to social workers, probation officers, youth offending teams, psychiatrists, psychologists, the legal profession, the police, prisons, Youth Offender Institutions, schools, researchers, academics and students, and for training/staff development.

    Large format paperback. 400 pages. 978-1-898924-89-0. Published 2002. £49.95.


    Martin C Calder

    Research and theoretical developments

    Providing a research informed service for young people who sexually harm others
    David O'Callaghan, Director, G-MAP

    Childhood maltreatment histories of male adolescents with sexual offending behaviours: a review of the literature
    Ineke Way, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Western Michigan University

    Impact issues

    I'm sorry I haven't a clue: unconscious processes in practitioners who work with young people who sexually abuse
    Nick Bankes, ACT, Surrey Social Services

    Negotiating difficult terrain: the personal context to work with young people who sexually abuse others
    Simon Hackett, Centre for Applied Social Studies, University of Durham

    'No one's prepared for anything like this': learning from adults who care for children who sexually offend: a narrative study
    Sue Maskell, Head of Child Care, Conway Social Services

    Broad practice issues

    Therapeutic communities - a model for effective intervention with teenagers' known to have perpetrated sexual abuse
    Peter Clarke, Glebe House Children's Home, Cambridgeshire

    Developing focused care: a residential unit for sexually aggressive young men
    Dr Andrew Kendrick, Department of Social Work, University of Dundee and Ranald Mair, Principal, Geilsland School, Beith, Ayrshire

    Accreditation of work and workers involved in providing a service to children and young people who sexually abuse
    Colin Hawkes, Young Abusers Project, London

    Residential standards of care
    Robert E. Longo, Director of Special Programming and Clinical Training, New Hope Treatment Centers, Summerville, South Carolina

    Groupwork with parents of children who have sexually harmed others:
    Simon Hackett, Centre for Applied Social Studies, University of Durham, and Keeley Slack, Kaleidoscope Project

    Assessment issues

    An integrated systemic approach to intervention with children with sexually abusive behaviour problems
    Lucinda Rasmussen, Assistant Professor, San Diego State University

    The assessment of young people who sexually abuse
    Dr. Eileen Vizard, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Young Abusers Project, London

    South Asian adolescent sex offenders - effective assessment and intervention work
    Kamran Abassi and Shabana Jamal, Probation Officers, Pakistani resource Centre, Manchester

    Abused and abusing: work with young people who have a dual abuse experience
    Simon Hackett, Centre for Applied Social Studies, University of Durham

    Treatment issues

    A holistic approach to treating young people who sexually abuse
    Robert E. Longo, Director of Special Programming and Clinical Training, New Hope Treatment Center, Summerville, South Carolina

    Family work with adolescent sex offenders
    Carol Barnes, Family Therapist, SWAAY and Gareth Hughes, Kneesworth House Hospital

    Management of program pitfalls in juvenile sex offender treatment:
    Edward Wieckowski and Curtis R Grant, Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice, Hanover and Charles E Hodges, Poplar Springs Hospital

    A proposal for comprehensive community-based treatment of female juvenile sexual offenders
    Dr Darlene Williams Ph.D., Psychological Management Group, Tampa, Florida

    Management issues

    Structural changes in the management of young people who sexually abuse
    Martin C. Calder, Child Protection Co-ordinator, City of Salford Social Services Department; Lecturer in Social Work, University of Salford; and Independent Social Work Trainer and Consultant

    Forensic foster care for young people who sexually abuse: lessons from treatment
    James Yokley, Metrohealth Medical Center and the Twelve Inc, Cleveland, Ohio and Sarah Boettner LSW, The Twelve Inc, Ohio

    The community management of young people who sexually abuse
    Dr Tony Baker, Baker and Duncan Consultancy, Ashwood Centre, Woking, Surrey


    Research on the development of sexually abusive behaviour: implications for clinical practice
    Arnon Bentovim, Consultant Child Psychiatrist, SWAAY, Berkshire and Director, The London Child and Family Consultation Service, Harley Street, London

    Factors associated with recidivism in juvenile sexual offenders: A study of serious offenders
    Michael Miner, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Practice and Community Health, University of Minnesota

    Assessing risk of sexual recidivism with adolescent sexual offenders
    Dr. James Worling, Psychologist, SAFE-T Program, Toronto, Canada

    5-Step family therapy protocol to treat sibling on sibling sexual abuse (Family reunification)
    Charles E Hodges Jnr, Poplar Springs Hospital - Daybreak Juvenile Sexual Offender Program


    "Essential reading… New and informative research assists the reader to move forward with confidence… This is a comprehensive volume.. should be a well-thumbed addition to any library." Seen and Heard.

    "Covers an impressive range of subjects grouped in seven parts: research and theoretical developments; impact issues; broad practice issues; assessment issues; treatment issues; management issues; outcomes. I found this division of topics useful so that a reader can use the sections which have the most relevance to their current practice or interest. In the book several different responses to young people who sexually abuse are explored in depth. The topics are diverse and detailed and would provide very useful guidance to workers who are dealing with young people who sexually abuse at whatever point the worker is required to intervene. For those setting up programmes for groups of young people or for a worker setting out to undertake an assessment the guidance and discussion would be invaluable. Each chapter of the book has a multiplicity of references to more in-depth articles and research but this book is itself certainly a mine of information. It is hard in a short review to cover the depth of the information in this book." Rostrum.

    "(Chapters) add to our understanding of developmental pathways to abuse, the complex inter-relationship between victimisation and victimising, the personal impact of the work, the needs of the carers and a range of practice and managerial issues. They set a standard for effective practice that will enable existing programmes to evaluate their work, new programmes to develop and child protection decision making to be made more effective.. I recommend it not only to those working with young people who abuse but also to the whole field for it a approach to an issue with which we all need to connect.. an important contribution to humane and effective practice." Community Care.