We launched our programme in and, as this treatment option was previously only available through the Probation Service or HM Prison Service in limited locations, it fills a significant regional gap in forensic provision. The evidence-based approach has been specially adapted both for learning disability and for RDaSH, making it unique. Elsewhere, similar programmes usually involve about four tutors in total — we have 14 tutors and assign four to each group. In addition, rather than implementing the programme as a single intervention, we take a holistic approach with all staff supporting the treatment by focusing on all aspects of health and wellbeing.
Impact evaluation of the prison-based Core Sex Offender Treatment Programme
Sex offender treatment scheme led to increase in reoffending | UK news | The Guardian
Still in denial? A prisons researcher Kathryn Hopkins, submitted a study of the effects of SOTP, a scheme which has been relied on for almost two decades as purportedly the best way to deal with prisoners who have been convicted of sexual crimes. Her findings do not appear to have gone down well down well with her colleagues in the treatment industry. Attempts to call into question the findings were dismissed by the judgement which included a finding of fact that the research had passed a final quality assurance as early as March The judgment also confirmed that when the research was re-run by other specialists in , it essentially confirmed her findings. The prison service, instead of acting swiftly and fully embracing the consequences of the findings seemed to be more concerned with the political fall out.