Health and social care staff responses to working with people with a learning disability who display sexual offending type behaviours

Examined the responses of 81 social care staff (SCS) and 15 nursing staff (NS) providing support in the community to clients with a learning disability who had offended or displayed a sexual offense behavior. The range of behaviors including rape, sexual assault and exposure. While 59% of the SCS were currently supporting a client who had offended, only 22.9% had received training in this area. None of the NS had received training. Both groups expressed low levels of confidence in supporting this client group. Areas of difficulty were common to both groups and included personal attitudes and attitudes of others to the behavior, and concerns over risk, responsibility and safety. With respect to attitudes, SCS were significantly more likely to hold negative attitudes towards the client's behavior, while NS were significantly more likely to feel negatively towards the person. NS were significantly more likely to identify training as a means of further support, while SCS identified professional input. Both groups identified the need for theoretical training about working with this client group. No significant differences were found between those who had and had not received training in confidence, attitudes and the need for further support. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2002 APA, all rights reserved)
Author: 
McKenzie,Karen
Matheson,Edith
McKaskie,Kerry
Patrick,Shona
Paxton,Donna
Michie,Amanda
Murray,George C.
Notes: 
LA- English AN- 2001-07049-005
Reprint Status: 
IN FILE
Start Page: 
56
End Page: 
66
Journal/Periodical Name: 
Journal of Sexual Aggression
Volume: 
7
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 
This study suggests that a large number of health and social care staff in community homes are currently supporting clients with learning disabilities and sexual offending type behaviors. Most common types of offenses, areas of difficulty, and staff's feelings toward clients are measured. Both groups, health care and social care staff, reported insufficient knowledge and lack of training in working with sex offenders. A high number of health and social care staff identified the need for training, professional input, assessment, and therapeutic interventions.
Topic Areas: 
Community Attitudes/Responses, Treatment
Reference Type: 
JOUR
Reference ID: 
285
Publication Date: 
2001