Assessment, Management and Treatment of Sexual Offending (SW4719) Short Course

Assessment, Management and Treatment of Sexual Offending (SW4719) Short Course
This module offers students the opportunity to apply the most current theory and research findings to their work with sexual offenders in order to improve their practice. The module is run by a former practitioner with detailed knowledge and understanding of this complex area of criminal justice.

A range of modules are available to enhance your knowledge, develop skills and further your CPD. Credits can be gained on a standalone modular basis or used to achieve one of the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s CPD target awards.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course

Ancillary Award:



Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

Part time: 6 full day sessions (5 days taught content and presentation prep time, 1 day presentations)

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College

Start Date:

May (bespoke options for group bookings available)

Entry Requirements:

This module is aimed at practitioners who wish to develop their knowledge of the theories and effective practice principles which underpin working with sexual offending. Within Criminal Justice and Social Work settings, there is a need to increase the awareness and confidence of practitioners working with individuals whose inappropriate sexual behaviour has a damaging impact on victims, their families and the wider community.

All candidates need to ensure that they have a relevant undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above, or evidence of their ability to study at postgraduate level.


Course Content

Course Outline:

This module aims to examine the complex issues relating to working with people convicted of sexual offending. There is an emphasis on the following topics:

  • Psychological, biological and social theories exploring the onset, development and persistence of sexual offending behaviour
  • Methods, tools and practitioner skills used to assess the likelihood of recidivism and the nature and risk of harm posed
  • Punitive and rehabilitative approaches to treatment and management of sexual offending.

Other topics covered are practitioner resilience, interviewing skills, stereotype and stigma, and the ethical dimensions of the work.

20 Credit Module at Level 7

Learning Environment & Assessment:

3000 word written assignment and 20 minute group or paired presentation.  

Academic Expertise

Ruth Parkes, Module Leader  

Learning outcome & aims

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • Explain and critique the theories underpinning different forms of sexual offending and be able to identify risk factors
  • Critically evaluate assessment methods and tools used in predicting sexual recidivism
  • Critically analyse the rehabilitative and control methods available for treating and managing sexual offending
  • Discuss the importance of practitioner skills, professional boundaries and use of emotional intelligence when working with those who sexually offend
  • Critically review personal attitudes, values and beliefs regarding sexual offending

Industry links & professional accreditation

We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


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Progression Routes

This module can be completed towards the Advanced Community Justice or Professional Development and Practice Postgraduate Certificate, or the Professional Development and Practice Postgraduate Diploma.

On successful completion of this module students can continue their professional development studies by undertaking other modules to gain a Postgraduate Certificate. We offer further progression with Postgraduate Diploma and MA awards. For full details on the school’s CPD offering and progression routes please visit

PG Dip/MA Professional Development and Practice



Fees & Funding

For further information contact UCLan
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Non-standard part-time fees: £650 per 20 credit module for 2016/17 and 2017/18

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.

Please contact the CPD team for specific guidance to support you in completing an application and to ensure it is directed appropriately once submitted. You will be advised to apply through the University Online Application System.

Individuals should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.

Should you have any further questions about the application or enrolment process please contact the CPD team on:
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361/3408

This module can be delivered on site for groups of staff, to help meet your workforce development needs. Ruth can also provide bespoke training for various staff needs including (but not limited to): interviewing skills, resilience, onset and development, risk management, assessment tools, offence process. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

About UCLan

Centre for CPD

School of Social Work, Care & Community

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361