Forensic Service


We provide risk analysis/assessment, forensic psychotherapy and circles of support and accountability (COSA) to young people and adults who demonstrate sexually harmful behaviour and are a risk to themselves and/or others.

Who we see

Young people and adults with learning disabilities, autism or both who are a risk to themselves and/or others because of aggressive and/or sexually harmful behaviour, including sexual assault, rape, violence and diagnosed paraphilic disorders. Most of our clients have experienced trauma in their lives.

Who can refer

Social workers, GPs, nurses, self-referrals, family members, police, probation service and social care providers.

When to refer

If a person has been cautioned or there is suspicion of an offence; after discharge from prison or secure hospital; when there is a risk of falling between services and when someone's behaviour is not illegal but of concern.

Outcomes

Improved understanding of behaviour; reduction in levels of supervision; increased independence and reduced risk of reoffending. We address a person’s offending behaviour through a trauma-informed approach. We work systemically with their network to raise awareness of the issues and risks involved which impacts how a person can be enabled to achieve their aims.

We offer:

Psychotherapy Assessments
Psychotherapy Treatment
Risk Analysis
Circles of Support & Accountability (COSA)

Training, Supervision and Consultancy

Psychotherapy Assessments

Undertaken to ensure a client is willing and able to make use of a prolonged course of psychotherapy. The assessment usually comprises four 50-minute sessions followed by report with appropriate recommendations.

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Psychotherapy Treatment

We offer 44 sessions over one year. We use a psychodynamic, system focused approach that allows the intervention to take place within a safe environment, while providing support and a flow of communication with the client’s family and professional network. Our aims include increased awareness of triggers for sexually harmful behaviour, better understanding of self in the client, reduced harm to others and developing psychologically minded services around the client.

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Risk Analysis

Respond’s risk analysis incorporates current risk assessment and risk management practice and thinking into a comprehensive expert opinion with recommendations. Professionals are provided with an in-depth analytical report on risk management strategies and treatment plans in order to reduce offending. Increasingly, it is recognised that ‘good’ and ‘bad’ co-exist in the same person leading to a treatment model that acknowledges, and responds to, the abused and the abuser.

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Circles of Support & Accountability (COSA)

Since 2013 Respond has been providing COSAs for young people and adults. Community-based, they provide a response to the need for sexual offenders to be accountable for their behaviour, to be monitored, supported and, most importantly, to overcome isolation. For further information please see our COSA page


Training, Supervision and Consultancy

Support and training for professionals working in the field is essential in order to share best-practice and to limit the impact of working with forensic material.

Please contact Helen Gerolaki, Forensic Service Manager: Helen.Gerolaki@respond.org.uk


Costs

There is a range of costs for different services.


A Sample of Feedback...
  • A provider following a number of reflective practice sessions commissioned by the local CCG, 2019.
    I would like to say again that we're grateful for the opportunity to learn from you  and believe what we've learnt will go a long way to help us in what we  do with our client and ultimately others that might fit into the same profile.
    A provider following a number of reflective practice sessions commissioned by the local CCG, 2019.
  • Clinical psychologist who commissioned a risk assessment, 2019
    Just wanted to say a big thank you for this fantastic work you have done. We are all very much feeling that it was money well worth spent and that the work you have done has been very helpful.
    Clinical psychologist who commissioned a risk assessment, 2019