Barnardo’s Studying Girls Who Sexually Abuse Others…

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Today the BBC website published news of a study being undertaken by Barnardo’s Cymru Taith Service.  The Service, which provides assessment and interventions for children and young people aged 8-18 with sexual behaviour problems, has secured funding from the Big Lottery Fund to research how the problem effect girls specifically.

Previous research has primarily focussed on work with adult male offenders; however, in recent years studies have been conducted into adolescent males and, more recently, adult women who offend sexually.  To date, however, girls have been left out.  The Taith study hopes to contribute to future assessment and treatment paradigms and to influence policy concerning this important but minority group.

© Jonny Matthew 2013

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