Basics of working with child sexual offenders

Become better at protecting children from sexual abuse

Combating and preventing child sexual abuse is one of the most underdeveloped areas of perpetrator work. Working with sexual offenders is one of two types of programmes highlighted in Art. 16 of the Istanbul Convention, stating that countries that ratify the Convention will take “measures to set up or support treatment programmes aimed at prevention perpetrators, in particular sex offenders, from re-offending”. However, it is clear that professionals and organisations need further capacity building in this field. Only properly educated professionals can set up and provide efficient and safe service. This training is an introduction to the topic of working with child sexual offenders, providing an understanding of basic concepts and existing interventions.

Learn how to

  • Distinguish between different categories of child sexual abuse
  • Understand different typologies of sexual abusers and their limitations
  • Do risk assessment for sexual offenders
  • Develop treatment plans

Training agenda

  • Learn about different categories of sexual offences
  • Understand the complexity of sexual offending
  • Identify your own bias on sexual offending
  • Learn about typologies of sexual abusers and their limitations
  • Learn about gender-related factors in offending
  • Explore findings on female sexual offending and learn about treatment needs
  • Learn about child sexual abuse and key characteristics of sexual abusers based on existing typologies
  • Learn about prevention methods and treatment of child sexual abusers
  • Learn how to distinguish between problematic and harmful sexual behaviour among children and teens
  • Understand the differences between adult sexual abusers and juveniles
  • Explore different types of online child abuse and exploitation
  • Learn about intersections of online child sexual abuse and trafficking
  • Understand existing good models of treatment of child sexual offenders
  • Learn about risk assessment for sexual offenders
  • Learn how to develop treatment plans
  • Understand key elements and challenges of treating child sexual offenders in practice

The trainer

Isotta Rossoni

Isotta Rossoni is a criminologist focusing on sexualised and gender-based violence (SGBV) and sexual exploitation in migration and displacement. She is currently acting as a consultant for UN Women's Roster of Consultant on Ending Violence against Women. Isotta has worked for a range of NGOs and international organisations in Malta, Italy and Europe, including the International Rescue Committee and Save the Children Italy, specifically on issues related to trafficking and child sexual exploitation. Her current PhD project focuses on the intersections of migration, trafficking and involvement in the sex trade on the island of Malta.

This brilliant training helped me recognise the complexity of this client group and the need for more training. The content and pace of the training kept me engaged. It was great to have such interesting discussions in the breakout rooms. Thank you!