The Adapted Sex Offender treatment Programme (ASOTP) was piloted in a secure learning disability service. This study set out to evaluate its effectiveness and respond to the criticisms and concerns of conventional closed format programmes.
The researchers set out to gather the views of a variety of stakeholders (purchasers, clients, clinicians, group facilitators and clients’ families or advocates) through the use of questionnaires and semi-structured interviews
They found that the initial feedback was positive, with participants showing increase in motivation, knowledge and enhanced levels of risk disclosure. The programme facilitators reported increased satisfaction and decreased stress levels.
The researchers point out that the findings should be treated with some caution at present as the study numbers were small and there were no elements of randomisation in the study design.
Redesigning and evaluating an adapted sex offender treatment programme for offenders with an intellectual disability in a secure setting: preliminary findings, Large J & Thomas C in Journal of Learning Disabilities and Offending Behaviour, 2, 2, 72-83