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The management, control and treatment of child sexual abusers

A growing awareness of the scale and the consequences of child abuse filtered into the criminal justice system during the 1980s, accompanied by a recognition on the part of criminal justice agencies charged with the ‘management’ and ‘supervision’ of serious offenders that public confidence largely rested upon a perceived ability to prevent re-offending. In the past it had been sufficient to send large numbers of child abusers to prison but media reports about early release, community placement in hostels and re-offending did not cast those charged with responsibility for such offenders in a good

This chapter seeks to:

• Explore government approaches to the risk assessment, management and control of child sexual abusers.