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Document title: Adolescent sexual offence response protocol.
Authors: D. Costin, S. Schuler, & T. Curwen
Description: This document provides a review of evidence regarding responding to adolescent sexual offending. Details regarding steps to take to effectively intervene once a disclosure about an adolescent who sexually offended is received. The information provided is based on evidence and best-practice guidelines.
Training on implementing this document has been provided to various police services, child welfare agencies, and other legal and mental health service providers.
Document title: The Estimate of Risk of Adolescent Sexual Offence Recidivism (ERASOR)
Authors: J. Worling & T. Curwen
Description: The Estimate of Risk of Adolescent Sexual Offense Recidivism (The ERASOR: Worling & Curwen, 2001) is an empirically-guided checklist to assist evaluators to estimate the short-term risk of a sexual reoffense for youth aged 12-18. The ERASOR was designed as a single-scale instrument, and the 25 risk factors that are evaluated fall under 5 headings: Sexual Interests, Attitudes, and Behaviors, Historical Sexual Assaults, Psychosocial Functioning, Family/Environmental Functioning, and Treatment. All risk factors are coded as either Present,Possibly/Present, Present, Not Present, or Unknown, and the coding manual outlines the specific coding criteria—in addition to the research/clinical support—for each factor.
The ERASOR is currently in widespread use throughout Canada and the U.S.A (McGrath, Cumming, Burchard, Zeoli, & Ellerby, 2010), and it is also being used in a number of other countries.