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


LEVEL:Short Course / CPD

STUDY MODE: Part time


COURSE LENGTH: Within 3 months, comprising 5 taught sessions with presentation prep and 1 day presentations, plus self-directed study.

SCHOOL: School of Social Work, Care and Community

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Preston

START DATE: To be confirmed. To be notified please email

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

Within Criminal Justice and Social Work settings, practitioners regularly work with individuals whose inappropriate sexual behaviour has a damaging impact on victims, their families and the wider community. This module aims to increase professionals’ confidence and knowledge by examining a range of 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 re-offending, and the nature and risk of harm posed.

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

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

The School of Social Work Care and Community has worked closely with some of the key local statutory and independent employers in the development of this module. The learning from this module can be used to requirements for continuing professional development and continuing education.


Progression Routes

Under the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s Centre for CPD portfolio, this module can be completed as standalone or towards one of the following courses:

Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Community Justice
Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development and Practice
Masters in Professional Development and Practice

For full details of the Centre for CPD's offering and progression routes please visit

Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

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