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Sociology and Social Policy

Dr Andrea Hollomotz co-authors report examining sexual offending among people with learning disabilities and/or autism

11 April 2018 | Rebecca Stephenson

Dr Andrea Hollomotz, Lecturer in Disability and Crime in the School of Sociology & Social Policy has co-authored a new report, which examines sexual offending among people with learning disabilities and/or autism.

The report, 'Behaviour that challenges: planning services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism who sexually offend' is published jointly with the Prison Reform Trust, and looks at the challenges faced by those with learning disabilities and factors that may cause some of them to become sexual offenders. It also examines the services provided by health and social care professionals who work with them and what can be done to prevent offending among individuals with learning disabilities in the future.

The report recommends that a focus on prevention and early intervention rather than a crisis-driven response would improve outcomes for individuals, make communities safer, reduce the number of victims, and lessen the high cost of crisis intervention and secure care or imprisonment.

Read the full report.

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