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The Treatment of Imprisoned Sex Offenders

The Treatment of Imprisoned Sex Offenders

Program development - SOTP Report

HM Prison Service, UK, February 1996



Chapter 1 : Selection criteria and treatment components for the sex Offender treatment programme (Programme Development)

Chapter 2 : Programmes for imprisoned sex offenders: short term results of the original core programme (Programme Development)

Chapter 3 : Behavioural changes following completion of the core programme (Danny Clark)

Chapter 4 : Child-molesters response to community-based sex offender treatment (Anthony Beech, Richard Beckett, and Dawn Fisher)

Chapter 5 : Measuring empathy in sexual offenders (Karl Hanson)

Chapter 6 : Empathic constraints on fantasy (Stephanie Thornton)

Chapter 7 : Identifying deviant sexual profiles amongst paederasts (Cedric Hart and Phil Willmot)

Chapter 8 : Sexual preferences of violent sexual offenders (Phil Willmot and Cedric Hart)

Chapter 9 : Short term changes following participation in cognitive skills programmes (Programme Development)

Chapter 10 : Relapse prevention within the sex offender treatment and evaluation project
(Janice Marques) [Not here]

Chapter 11 : Behaviour therapy techniques for modifying sexual preferences (D. Richard Laws) [Not here]


The Prison Service's strategy for the treatment of sex offenders was announced by the then Home Secretary (the Rt Hon Kenneth Baker MP) on June 7 1991. Implementation of this strategy has led to an increasingly sophisticated assessment and treatment programme operating on a very large scale. Up until now the only published statement of the strategy and of the thinking behind it was the 1991 Prison Service publication Treatment Programmes For Sex Offenders in Custody: A Strategy. Developments in the implementation of the strategy have meant that this document has become increasingly out of date as a source of information about Prison Service practice in this area.

The present document, The Treatment of Imprisoned Sex Offenders is intended to provide an account of how the strategy has developed as well as making available some of the research which has guided this development. The research chapters have deliberately been written in a way which, while providing some of the detail which a professional researcher would wish to see, nevertheless tries to be more accessible and less stilted than would be required for publication in a research journal. More academic versions of some of these papers will appear elsewhere.

As part of this process Programme Development staff have edited, abbreviated, or in some cases rewritten, material provided some of the authors. Where this has been done the final text has been agreed with the authors. In one case, chapter five, the reader should note that although the text was based on material supplied by Karl Hanson, and its content agreed with him, the style of the text is that of the editor in Programme Development, not that of the original author.

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