Rapid Evidence Assessment: Current Best Evidence in the Therapeutic Treatment of Children With Problem or Harmful Sexual Behaviours, and Children Who Have Sexually Offended.
Report for the Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
Shlonsky, Aron. Albers, Bianca. Tolliday, Dale. Wilson, Sandra Jo. Norvell, Jennifer. Kissinger, Lauren.
Australia Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Published: May 2017
Australia Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
GPO Box 5283
Sydney NSW 2001, Tel: Within Australia call 1800 099 340 From overseas call 61 2 8815 2319
This report shares findings from a study that investigated current best evidence on the effectiveness and content of programs and practices, in Australia and internationally, aimed at treating children with problem or harmful sexual behavior. It includes a rapid evidence assessment of the extant literature, a description and assessment of Australian programs and services known to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and/or the authors, and a discussion of findings from both. The review begins with a brief overview of the systematic methods used to obtain and synthesize the literature, followed by results for the three types of age and abuse?related groupings of children. These are: studies of programs targeting young children aged 0–10 with problem sexual behavior, studies of programs focusing on children aged 10–17 with harmful sexual behavior, and studies of programs for children aged 10–17 who have sexually offended and received treatment through a criminal justice intervention. For the investigation, 27 studies were reviewed. Finally, the review contains a discussion of current best evidence for treating problem and abusive sexual behavior, including evidence gaps, limitations, implications and how this information can be used in the future to treat the problem and harmful sexual behaviors of children in Australia. 12 tables and numerous references. (Author abstract modified)
child abuse; sexual abuse; sexually abusive children; adolescent sex offenders; therapeutic intervention; therapeutic effectiveness; behavior problems; promising practices; evidence based practice