Parental sexual offending: Managing risk through diversion

Author(s) Goodman-Delahunty, Jane, and Kate O'Brien
Title Parental Sexual offending: Managing risk through diversion
Source Australian Institute of Criminology; Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, No. 482, pp. 1-9, 2014
Date 2014
Document type Journal article
Coverage Australia
Summary The aim of the study is to compare the risk levels and reoffending rates of male parental offenders who have received treatment community-based programs opposed to those who have who had gone through the standard criminal prosecution process. The study uses a sample of 172 eligible offenders who had been referred to Cedar Cottage for pre-trial diversion and from this 172 (46%) were accepted into treatment, with the remaining going through standard court proceedings. The results showed that offenders who attended standard criminal proceedings had reoffended 11 times more faster than those who attended the community based treatment, indicating that for low risk offenders, community based treatment is an effective form of preventive intervention for managing risk.
Keywords Risk assessment; parental child sex offenders; community based programs; Cedar Cottage
Topic Children; Sexual assault