Mersey forensic psychology prevention service: Pilot project


Mersey Forensic Psychology Service has been providing community-based intervention for adults who have sexually offended since 1986. Over the years, treatment has evolved to provide a service that is responsive to clients’ needs whilst aiming to reduce risk of reoffending. This core service is for individuals who have a conviction for a sexual offence against children. The new Prevention Service, developed in collaboration with Merseyside Police, aims to work with individuals who experience a sexual attraction to children to prevent them from offending. The ethos and practice of the core service and how this has informed the new Prevention Service is discussed. The approach utilises therapies that produce enduring emotional and physiological change (Schema Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).


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Lorraine Perry
Simon Duff
Lisa Wright

Original Work Citation

Perry, L., Duff, S., Wright, L. (2018). Mersey forensic psychology prevention service: Pilot project. In R. Lievesley, K. Hocken, ZH. Elliott, B. Winder, N. Blagden, and P. Banyard (Eds.), Sexual Crime and Prevention. Sexual Crime (pp. 111-132). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham



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