The 10 Youth Offending Teams (YOT’s) in Greater Manchester have been active partners in the development of the AIM project. It has provided an invaluable framework and approach for our partners and ourselves in responding to sexual offending by young people across the area. Up to now the greatest support AIM has provided has been in the area of assessment. This manual marks a new stage in the project, providing much needed guidance for workers as they deliver interventions with offenders to follow on from their assessments. We wholeheartedly welcome the arrival of this manual and look forward to using it in our work to prevent further sexual offending by children and young people across Greater Manchester.
Graham Smythe, Chair
Greater Manchester YOT Managers
The AIM project was developed to provide a clear framework for professionals working with children and young people who display sexually harmful behaviour. In our research the project was found to have achieved this overall objective. We also found that other objectives set out by the project, to disseminate good practice, train workers and to build on their awareness of the issues around sexual abuse; increase inter-agency co-operation and partnership working has had a positive impact in the field. Therefore, I welcome this very useful manual which is a stage further in the positive development of the project.
Dr Anthony Beech, Reader in Criminological Psychology
University of Birmingham
I am delighted to support the launch of another manual for practitioners; it fulfils a key aim of the AIM project, to provide the practical tools to enable practitioners to work with confidence in this challenging but most important area of work.
This is an area where we are working with some of the most vulnerable young people and where the consequences of their behaviour can have devastating effect on their victims, their families and themselves. Without skilled and focussed intervention, we are perpetuating the consequences of their behaviour. The manual demonstrates that by building on the good work of many people and bring that work together in a coherent form, it is possible to change behaviour and protect victims, allowing the young people and their families the opportunity to live a life without the shadow of abuse.
Those associated with AIM deserve our thanks and I fully recommend the manual to practitioners in all agencies.
Anne Williams, Director Salford Social Services
As a reviewer of this series of intervention guides I am in a unique position to give my recommendations as to whether or not agencies should adopt them. I say, adopt them and then adapt them to your own service settings and service users.
Adopt them because they represent the best we know about assessment, treatment and management of children and young people with sexual behaviour problems. Adopt them because they will be steady and trustworthy guides to sensitive and comprehensive work that combine clinical expertise, concern for user well-being, research, theory and values that promote service user change.
Take these manuals, study them carefully, apply them sensitively and the results will be the enhancement of children, adolescents, family functioning and community safety.
Professor Jane Gilgun, Twin Cities University, Minnesota, USA