Child sexual abuse and the Internet
Tackling the new frontier
Edited by Martin C. Calder

Sexual crime through the Internet poses a major new challenge to everyone working in the child sexual abuse field. What can be effectively transferred to our developing work with Internet offenders from our existing - rapidly expanding and changing - knowledge, theory and practice wisdom about sexual offending? What new material needs to be generated?

To date, no other book has collated these challenges, which are much discussed at conferences and indeed over the Internet, nor attempted a synthesis of some of the preliminary signposts for frontline practitioners. This text achieves this goal by bringing together some of the most important ideas on the topic. It also stimulates discussion and encourages the development of effective management strategies. In particular, it sets out:
  • What we know from research about the modus operandi of Internet sexual offenders
  • What practice and knowledge we can transfer from other areas of sexual offending to our identification, assessment and treatment of Internet sex offenders
  • What particular issues are raised by chat rooms as well as child pornography
  • The links between Internet and 'hands-on' sexual offending
  • What new materials are being generated to assess and treat Internet sex offenders
  • The consequences of false allegations for those investigated.

  • This important book is for anyone researching or practising in this area: in child protection, psychology, policing, probation, criminology. With English, American and Irish contributions from professionals with different backgrounds, who together represent the range of relevant disciplines, Calder models what the building blocks of effective evidence-based intervention with this group should look like.

    Large format paperback. 144 pages. 978-1-903855-35-5. Published 2004. 14.95


    Martin C Calder, Team Manager, Child Protection Unit, Salford Community and Social Services Directorate

    Understanding sexual offenders who use the Internet

    The Internet: potential, problems and pathways to hands-on sexual offending
    Martin C Calder

    The impact of viewing on offending behaviour
    Dr Ethel Quayle, Forensic Psychologist, University College, Cork

    From fixed to mobile internet: the morphing of criminal activity online
    Rachel O'Connell, Director of Research, Cyberspace Research Unit, University of Central Lancashire

    Young people with sexual behaviour problems and the Internet
    Robert E Longo, Head of Special Programming, New Hope Treatment Center, South Carolina

    Assessment and treatment issues

    Assessing internet sex offenders
    Joe Sullivan, Wolvercote Centre, The Lucy Faithfull Foundation and Anthony Beech, Department of Psychology, University of Birmingham

    The challenge of sex offender assessment: the case of internet offenders
    Dr Sean Hammond, University College, Cork

    Current treatment approaches
    David Middleton, Head of Sex offender Programmes, National Probation Service

    Virtual offenders: the other side of internet allegations
    Dr Bill Thompson, Department of Sociology, Reading University and Andy Williams, Lecturer in Criminology, and Youth Culture, Institute of Criminal Justice, Portsmouth


    "Helps interested parents, academics and practitioners learn more about this fast-changing, limitless phenomenon." International Journal of Police Science & Management.

    "Engaging accessible and practical, not only in considering some of the current debates and dilemmas but also in discussing what some of the more effective solutions might be." Child Abuse Review.

    "I would strongly recommend this book to practicing professionals who wish to acquire basic and more advanced knowledge of assessing and managing individuals convicted of internet-related sexual offences." Journal of Sexual Aggression.

    "A high quality handbook." Community Safety Journal.

    "An accessible and useful reader." Care & Health.

    "Offending in this way is at least as complex a process as that which is involved in hands-on offending. As such it requires a tailored approach for assessment and treatment, an essential part of which is an understanding of the relationship between the Internet and its users." NOTA News.

    "A good overview of the work undertaken in this area of practice and raises some key questions for consideration." Vista