Sex offending, and in particular child sex offending, is a complex area for policy makers, theorists and practitioners. A focus on punishment has reinforced sex offending as a problem that is essentially ‘other’ to society and discourages engagement with the real scale and scope of sexual offending in the UK. This book looks at the growth of work with sex offenders, questioning assumptions about the range and types of such offenders and what effective responses to these might be.

Divided into four sections, this book sets out the growth of a broad legislative context and the emergence of child sexual offenders in criminal justice policy and practice. It goes on to consider a range of offences and victim typologies arguing that work with offenders and victims is complex and can provide a rich source of theoretical and practical knowledge that should be utilised more fully by both policy makers and practitioners. It includes work on female sex offenders, electronic monitoring and animal abuse as well as exploring interventions with sex offenders in three different contexts; prisons, communities and hostels.

Bringing together academic, practice and policy experts, the book argues that a clear but complex theoretical and policy approach is required if the risk of re- offending and further victimisation is to be reduced. Ultimately, this book questions whether it makes sense to locate responsibility for responding to sexual offending solely within the criminal justice domain.

chapter |10 pages


ByJo Brayford, Francis Cowe, John Deering

part one|58 pages

Setting the scene

chapter 1|21 pages

Legislation and sex offending

ByNigel Stone

chapter 2|18 pages

From a minority interest to accredited programmes

Probation work with those convicted of sexual offences
ByMaurice Vanstone

chapter 3|17 pages

Media influences on public perceptions of sex offenders

Impact on policy and practice
ByJo Brayford, John Deering

part two|117 pages

Types of offences and victims

chapter 4|19 pages

Sex offenders' identities and identity management

ByKirsty Hudson

chapter 5|19 pages

Female sexual offending

Exploring current knowledge
ByJo Brayford, Susan Roberts

chapter 6|17 pages

Sexual abuse and learning difficulties

ByMichelle Culwick

chapter 7|24 pages

Sexual revictimisation

A critical review of the theoretical pathways from childhood sexual abuse to adult sexual assault
ByNadia Wager

chapter 8|20 pages

Animal abuse and sex offending

ByJenny Maher, Harriet Pierpoint

chapter 9|16 pages

Internet sex offending

Patterns, problems and policy
ByMajid Yar

part three|77 pages

Settings and approaches to working with sex offenders

chapter 10|21 pages

Residential work with sex offenders

Places of collusion and segregation or preparation for resettlement and reintegration?
ByFrancis Cowe, Carla Reeves

chapter 11|19 pages

Prison and sex offender interventions

ByCerys Miles, Kate Saward

chapter 12|17 pages

Circles of Support and Accountability

Practice and research
ByAndrew Bates, Chris Wilson

chapter 13|18 pages

The GPS satellite tracking of sex offenders in the USA

ByMike Nellis

part four|71 pages

Skills, practice and policy development with sex offenders

chapter 14|20 pages


The management of sex offenders
ByHazel Kemshall, Jason Wood

chapter 15|18 pages

Probation enforcement practice with sex offenders

ByPamela Ugwudike

chapter 16|19 pages

‘Soft skills for hard work'

Using emotional literacy to work effectively with sex offenders
ByCharlotte Knight

chapter four|12 pages


Sex offenders: punish, help, change or control?
ByJo Brayford, Francis Cowe, John Deering