Interventions for juvenile sex offenders

Juvenile sex offenders need guidance! Many women and men in the Netherlands have experienced some sort of sexual violence varying from harassment to rape at least once in their lives. Prevention of sexual violence is of the utmost importance.

Juvenile sex offenders need guidance!

Many women and men in the Netherlands have experienced some sort of sexual violence varying from harassment to rape at least once in their lives. Therefore, prevention of sexual violence is of the utmost importance. Next to that, support is needed for both victims of sexual violence and adolescents who have been arrested for a sexual offence for the first time (so called ‘first offenders’). Prevention of new victims in the future can be accomplished by providing focused guidance to sex offenders.

Mandatory educational programme

Juvenile sex offenders, who have been arrested for a sexual offence for the first time may get imposed an individual educational programme, focused on attitudes and skills in order to prevent recidivism. These Mandatory Educational Programmes for Young Sex Offenders are commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and delivered by Rutgers WPF.

Objective

The main purpose of the educational programme is to give young sex offenders insight into their deviant sexual behaviour and encourage them to change this behaviour by developing a different attitude and adequate coping-skills.

 Methods

These mandatory educational programmes are based on a cognitive behavioural therapeutic approach, in which stereotypes and misconceptions  (ready-made opinions) about sexuality and relationships, including gender specific behaviour (gender roles) are adjusted and corrected. Parents or guardians  are actively involved in the training.

Information

Brochure Juvenile sex offenders need guidance where content and procedure of the mandatory educational programme is explained. This brochure is also available in French.  See downloads below.

Please contact us for more information.