Juvenile Sex Offender Risk
The judicial and/or correctional systems often have an interest in determining mental health treatment needs and the likelihood of future sexual recidivism. While the assessment of such risk is far from an exact science, forensic psychology can offer evaluations of acute clinical and actuarial risk that meaningfully place offenders into higher and lower risk categories. For juveniles, competent sexual offense risk assessments are particularly important, as many identified as sex offenders might better be characterized as sexually reactive children with different treatment needs from other offender populations. We offer recommendations for the least restrictive environment that meets the juvenile's needs while simultaneously preserving the safety of his or her family members and community members. We are also able to work with referral sources to identify a specific program or programs that best meet the juvenile's needs.