The Reintegration of Sexual Offenders

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This paper, presented as the 9th Martin Tansey Memorial Lecture in April 2016, considers current and future approaches to sex offender reintegration. It critically examines the core models of reintegration in terms of risk-based and strengths-based approaches in the criminal justice context as well as barriers to reintegration, chiefly in terms of the community and negative public attitudes. It also presents an overview of new findings from recent empirical research on sex offender desistance, generally referred to the as the process of slowing down or ceasing of criminal behaviour. Finally, the paper presents an optimum vision in terms of re-thinking sex offender reintegration, and what I term ‘inverting the risk paradigm’, drawing out the key challenges and implications for criminal justice as well as society more broadly.
Original languageEnglish
JournalIrish Probation Journal
Issue numberNovember
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2016
Event9th Martin Tansey Memorial Lecture: The Reintegration of Sexual Offenders - Criminal Courts of Justice, Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 07 Apr 2016 → …

Bibliographical note

A version of this paper was delivered at the 9th Martin Tansey Memorial Lecture, Criminal Courts of Justice, Dublin, April 2016.


  • Sex offenders
  • risk
  • Strengths-based practice; ; Psychological Trauma; Solution-focused Brief Therapy; Narrative Therapy; Young People; Type 1 Trauma
  • reintegration
  • desistance


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