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I. What Community Members Need to Know
II. Conducting a Community Notification
III. Managing Sex Offenders
IV. The Role of the Community
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Section 3: Lecture Content and Teaching Notes
Managing Sex Offenders in the Community

30 minutes

(5 minutes)

Use Slide # SymbolUse Slide #5: Sex Offender Management Is:
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Refer to Handout Symbol Refer to handout: An Overview of Sex Offender Management. This document is a quick introduction to sex offender management. All trainers are encouraged to become familiar with this material before conducting training on this topic.

The best way to understand what we are calling sex offender management is that, in order to prevent future victimization, a sex offender requires both internal and external controls over his or her behavior.

To strengthen the offender's internal control and impose external controls on his or her behavior, a multidisciplinary approach is required. The most effective management occurs when supervisors and treatment providers work together to individualize the supervision and treatment plans according to the unique challenges faced by and posed by a specific offender. Yet, research and experience is indicating that victim and community safety is best achieved when parole and probation agents and treatment providers work with advocates for victims and community members in supervising individual offenders. Thus, collaboration is an important principle in effective sex offender management.

Use Slide # SymbolUse Slide #6: Comprehensive Approach to Sex Offenders: Puzzle
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The puzzle image may be a helpful way to illustrate the concept behind comprehensive sex offender management. Each piece of the puzzle on the slide represents an entity that has responsibility for imposing external controls on offenders or enhancing his or her internal controls. When linked through a coordinated and collaborative approach, each piece plays a role in the prevention of future victimization.

Point out the section in their handout that discusses the unique challenges of treating sex offenders.

Point out the section in the handout that describes supervision practices.

Treatment helps the offender develop internal controls. Sex offender specific treatment works on helping offenders identify their individual pattern of abuse-what the thoughts, actions, and events that precede their offense behavior are and how they can respond differently to avoid reoffending.

The community supervision component performed by probation or parole agents constitutes external control. The supervision agent (following the orders of the court) limits what the offender does or is allowed to do, and tries to limit an offender's exposure to potential victims and high-risk situations. One specific kind of external control is making sure that the offender participates in appropriate treatment.

The community component can include a variety of people. Typically, members of the community who are involved in imposing external controls on the offender are his or her employer, family, and friends. Law enforcement agencies may also be involved in surveillance of the offender's activities.

The victim advocate component is handled differently in different communities. At a minimum, this component means that concern for the safety and privacy of known victim(s) and victims' families influences the supervision plan designed for an individual offender. A small number of communities have actually created a role for a victim advocate on the team that supervises the offender and are reporting very positive results.