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
Short Course / CPD
Within 3 months, comprising 5 taught sessions with presentation prep and 1 day presentations, plus self-directed study.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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
Fees 2018/19 and 2019/20: £725 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
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.