Contemporary practice with young people who sexually abuse
Evidence-based developments
Edited by Martin C. Calder

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This latest collection of articles reflects the most recent developments in the field while offering practical information about how to apply these innovations to your practice. It offers a unique overview of the current state of where we are, as well as indicating what we still need to know.

The internationally recognized authors from England, Scotland, Ireland, Canada and the United States span several different professional disciplines, reflecting their different starting and ending points, and providing anyone reading this book with a solid evidence-based foundation from which to work.

Offering a diversity of views, but which hang together as a collection, the text addresses both conceptual as well as practical areas. A sampling of the nearly 20 chapters covers topics such as a new framework for assessing a child's-risk to repeat concerning sexual behaviours (Tracey Curwen); a step-by-step approach to responding to concerning sexual behaviours in children and youth with learning disabilities (Joanne Butterworth and Tim Plant); typologies of adolescents who sexually harm and the associated risk factors, modus operandi and criminal activities (Nicole Hickey); and a CBT-based treatment approach to reducing shame and increasing responsibility with adolescents who have sexually offended (James Worling, Nina Josefowitz and Melissa Maltar).

This book offers the experienced practitioner invaluable information about the most recent developments and offers others interested in beginning this work a fascinating overview from which to start. It will also be useful for post-graduate and post-qualifying students who have a serious interest in working in this area, and who are looking for something beyond a student introductory text.

This volume builds on the editor's previous volumes: Working with Children and Young People Who Sexually Abuse: Taking the Field Forward (RHP, 2007); Children and Young People who Sexually Abuse: New Theory, Research and Practice Developments (RHP, 2005); Young People who Sexually Abuse: Building the Evidence Base for Your Practice (RHP, 2002); and Working with Young People who Sexually Abuse: New Pieces of the Jigsaw Puzzle (RHP, 1999).

Large format. 368 pages. 9781905541744. Published August 2011. £49.95.


Essential reading for anyone who seeks to keep up-to-date with how we understand and work with young people who sexually abuse, including Youth Offending Teams, Social Services, health, psychology, psychiatry, the legal profession, Local Safeguarding Children Boards, academics and researchers, students and trainers.


Introduction Martin C. Calder

Examining risk of youth who sexually offend
Therese Skubic Kemper and Brent J. Oneal

Evidence for working holistically with young people who have sexually harmed
Sharon Hall

Understanding and applying typologies in the context of a holistic model for the treatment of sexually offending juveniles
Tom Leversee

Typologies of juveniles who sexually harm: associations with risk factors, modus operandi and criminal activity
Nicole Hick

Specialist intervention services for young people: where are we now and where can we go?
Peter Clarke

Working effectively with at-risk youth: a strengths-based approach
Kevin M. Powell

Meaningful engagement of adolescents in change
David Prescott

Emotional intelligence and the practitioner working with sexually harmful behaviour
Libby Ashurst

Training in social services
Libby Ashurst

Embracing diversity - risk management and risk reduction: a practice model for children and young people and the systems around them
Ann Brady and Christine McCarlie

Responding to adolescent sexual offending: recommendations for a coordinated and integrated systemic response
Dana Costin, Siegi A. Schuler and Tracey Curwen

Past caring? Issues of after care, attachment and mental health for young people who have displayed harmful sexual behaviour
Nicola Gilderthorp, Mette Whittaker and Julian Dunn

Dilemmas for practitioners working with siblings under 10 years presenting with harmful sexual behaviour towards each other, with complex trauma histories: what are the challenges involved in how they should be placed in local authority care permanently
Bernadette Fahy

Complementing the comprehensive assessment of adolescents who have sexually offended: utility of the Schuler Adolescent Inventory of Life Experiences and Functioning
Siegi A. Schuler and Dana Costin

New technologies, new challenges: assessment and treatment guidance for young people's problematic/abusive sexual behaviour on-line
Richard Swann

A framework to assist in evaluating children's risk to repeat concerning sexual behaviour
Tracey Curwen

Biofeedback, neuro-feedback and self regulation
Robert E. Longo

Responding early to concerning sexual behaviour in children and young people with learning disabilities: a step by step approach to initial assessment
Joanne Butterworth and Tim Plant

Reducing shame and increasing guilt and responsibility with adolescents who have offended sexually: a CBT-based treatment approach
James R. Worling, Nina Josefowitz and Melissa Maltar

A brief CBT programme for low risk offenders
Nicholas A J Bankes


Martin C. Calder MA, CQSW
has worked in the field of child protection and child welfare for over 25 years. He is now an Honorary Research Fellow with Durham University. Martin has written and published extensively around policy and procedural issues in the childcare field as well as the development of accessible, evidence-based assessment tools for frontline workers. Martin has written extensively in the area of young people presenting with sexual behaviour problems. Further details of his work are accessible at


"We have known for around 30 years that around 1/3 of sexual abuse in the UK is perpetuated by children and young people. Over that period, practice models have begun to slowly emerge from the growing body of research about young people who display harmful sexual behaviours. This edited volume of essays is Martin Calder's latest attempt to communicate the most important new developments in this rapidly progressing field to time-starved practitioners… suitable for practitioners, managers and researchers who have some knowledge of work in this area… useful in helping the reader chart new developments in this area of work… I would recommend this book unconditionally to those who are interested in or want to know more about this field. It provides practitioners with a range of different practice models which, if not fully evaluated yet, are promising insofar as they are grounded in research and theory… I was struck by the contribution Martin Calder has made to this field by pulling these volumes of essays together on this subject every few years."BASPCAN

"The collection of articles presented here, whilst acknowledging the unique challenge that the management of young people who commit sexually harmful behaviour represents for practitioners, delivers a positive, up-beat, can-do message. The book consists of twenty chapters that bring together current approaches and recent research and thinking in this area of work. It is made up of contributions by authors (academics and practitioners) from various countries (predominately the UK and USA) which together form an evidence-based resource for practitioners. There is no index but each chapter title is clear and unambiguous and the nature of the work presented here means there is no real need for crossreferencing... this is a comprehensive text within which a wide variety of models, approaches, typologies and assessment tools are explained, explored and examined... all offer a consistent message. That is the need for a multi-agency holistic approach which embraces the inclusion of young people at the various stages of assessment, intervention and planning. This is an expensive book... but nonetheless one that I would hope all Children and Family Teams, Youth Offending Teams and university libraries will be purchasing." BJSW