7, No. 2
Juvenile Sex Offenders
If you work in any area of child
welfare you will work with children or adolescents who have problems
with sexual behavior or sexual aggression.* Why? Because sexual
abuse is a significant risk factor for these behaviors, and in child
welfare we all work with children who have been sexually abused.
If you have not yet worked with
children or teens who sexually offend, you probably have questions
about how to recognize and treat them and what we can do to keep
other children safe.
By providing answers to these
and other questions, this issue of Practice Notes seeks to
support you in your efforts to help these children and their families
while ensuring the safety of the community.
*Some people hear
the term juvenile sex offender and think of a youth
who has been charged and convicted of a sexual offense. However,
in this issue we use the term juvenile sex offender
to refer not only to these children but to any child who has problems
with sexual behavior or sexual aggression, regardless of his or
her involvement with the law.
Additional resources on
working with juvenile sex offenders:
- Center for Sex Offender
Established in June 1997, the Center for Sex Offender Management's
(CSOM) goal is to enhance public safety by preventing further
victimization through improving the management of adult and juvenile
sex offenders who are in the community.
- Sexual Abuse Prevention
and Education Resources International <http://www.saperi.com>
Robert E. Longo and Deborah P. Longo, Consultation and Training
- The Safer Society
The Safer Society Foundation, Inc. provides a variety of services
related to the prevention and treatment of sexual abuse, including
referrals to programs specializing in the treatment of juvenile
in North Carolina and other states.
- Treating Sex Offenders.
Treating Sex Offenders: A Guide to Clinical Practice with Adults,
Clerics, Children, and Adolescents, Second Edition, updates
the original volume with new material that emphasizes similarities
and differences between adolescent and adult sex offenders in
personality type, behavior, and treatment. The second edition
also includes additions and changes to treatment techniques, progress
reports on case study subjects, reader feedback from the original
book, and new information on religious personnel who molest children.
The book is available for $49.95 (hard cover) or $34.95 (soft
cover) from The Haworth Press, Inc., at www.haworthpress.com/store/product.asp?sku=4882
- General Resource.
Understanding Juvenile Sexual Offenders: Assessment, Treatment,
and Rehabilitation, by Phil Rich (2003).