Descriptive vs. Prescriptive Information
One of CSOM's tasks has been to facilitate the exchange of information and experience among agencies involved in sex offender management. The curriculum material draws heavily from the practical experience of agencies who are adopting innovative, collaborative approaches to sex offender management in the field. Many of them have been involved with CSOM as "Resource Sites." This curriculum attempts to strike a balance between simply describing a range of practices, on the one hand, and, on the other, articulating what seems to be emerging as consensus regarding "best practice." The curriculum materials contain extensive references to published literature and research findings. Where there is significant debate, we have tried to highlight the issues and evidence, leaving training participants to determine how best to use the information.
It is important to note, however, that the principles of best practice emerging in the field will surely manifest themselves in many different ways. This will depend upon community values, available resources, and statutory requirements.