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Sexual Offences: Rehabilitation

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 14th February 2018.

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Photo of Victoria Prentis Victoria Prentis Conservative, Banbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much it has cost his Department to deliver the (a) Core Sex Offender Treatment and (b) Extended Sex Offender Treatment programme in the last 12 months; and how many people have participated with what outcomes in each such programme in the last 12 months.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

We are absolutely committed to reducing reoffending and addressing the needs of those individuals convicted of a sexual offence.

Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) does not record expenditure in its central accounting system in a format that allows for the identification of spend on Sex Offender Treatment Programmes and therefore, cannot provide cost data for the period requested.

The NOMS Annual Digest 2016/17 provides information on volumes of sex offender programmes delivered in 2016/17. This is included in the table below.

In April 2017 the final core and extended SOTP programmes completed and we stopped the programme and introduced new programmes. No offenders took part in the programme after April 2017.

The new programmes are Horizon (Moderate Intensity) and Kaizen SO (High Intensity), which we have introduced for men convicted of sexual offending.

These programmes draw on the latest international evidence on effective treatment for this cohort of offenders.

Table: Accredited Sexual Offending Programme Starts and Completions in Prison, England & Wales 2016/17

Starts

Completions

Core Programme

527

594

Extended Programme

133

128

All Sexual Offending Programmes

1,173

1,171

It should be noted that some of those completing a programme in 2016/17 will have started it in the preceding year, and some starting in 2016/17 will complete in the subsequent year.

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