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Failing the Vulnerable: Autistic people are being let down by our criminal justice system

Despite receiving guidance, many of the judiciary and magistracy do not have a basic understanding of autism spectrum disorder, which is a developmental condition that cannot be treated or improved by medication. It is usually accompanied by common traits such as social anxiety leading to isolation, obsessional behaviour and often severe depression.  To read more click this link
https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/commentary-and-opinion/failing-the-vulnerable/5059700.article
Brain Science and The Law: From the Brain Culture: Neuroscience and Society series on Radio 4

Matthew Taylor asks if the ability to scan brains will transform our system of criminal justice.  He meets the doctor who operated on a paedophile’s brain and seemingly “cured” him.  He explores how studies of the brains of criminal psychopaths are changing our understanding of whether anti-social behaviour is “hard-wired” in the brain.  These ideas raise the controversial question of a new legal edefence “my brain made me do it.”  Should this be accepted in court?  These studies have also inspired pioneering work with young children tackling brain-based bad behaviour, with remarkable new techniques.  Matthew also explores the frontiers of a transformative, but potentially frightening, new technology: the brain scanner in the courtroom.  He looks at how scans have been used to test memories and evidence in courts so far – including in a case of murder.  Producer Mukul Devichand.  Broadcast 2011.  30 minutes

Attending Juliet’s Group: The Slippery Slope Group: A New Participant’s Experience

I really did not know what to expect as I pulled into the car park outside the hall for my first ‘Slippery Slope’ therapeutic group session with Juliet Grayson, Chair of STOPSO (Specialist Treatment Organisation for the Prevention of Sexual Offending).  How many people would be in the group? Why were they there? What would the ‘structure’ (what they call a client session) be like and how would I cope? Would I be accepted or rejected by my fellow group members? Since the police had called on me a few weeks before I had been on a rollercoaster, learning the true meaning of the terms ‘acceptance’ and ‘rejection’ – and how painful the latter can be. So many questions and I was admittedly more scared than curious. But I took a deep breath and walked in.  Click here to read

An Insider’s View:  What happened in the prison SOTP groups I undertook and how the “Hot Seat” caused stress and fear

Someone who was imprisoned for a sexual offence has anonymously written up his experience of SOTP groups, and prison.  He also, at the end, talks about the different experience he has had from one-to-one therapy.  It is a powerful, and shocking, read.  Click here to read

An Article: The Therapist Who Treats Paedophiles and the Compassion She Feels:

About Juliet Grayson click here to read it.

Back to the Root: Healing Potential Sexual Offenders’ Childhood Trauma with Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor

sexual diversity and sexual offending coverby Juliet Grayson. This chapter was originally published in a book called Sexual Diversity and Sexual Offending: Research, Assessment and Clinical Treatment,  edited by Glyn Hudson Allez, published by Karnac in 2014, pp51-274, and is reproduced with the kind permission of Karnac Books.  This is the method that Juliet uses with the Slippery Slope group in South Wales
Click here to read the chapter: Back to the Root: Healing Potential Sexual Offenders’ Childhood Trauma with Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor

Sex Offenders, Pornography and the Workplace,

by Juliet Grayson, published in Counselling at Work, Autumn 2015 Issue 86 pp8-13

sex offenders in the workplace coverClick here to read the article: Sex Offenders, Pornography and the Workplace

Working With People Who Commit Sexual Offences and Their Families

by Juliet Grayson: published in The Psychotherapist, Issue 60  Summer 2015 pp11-12
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Click here to read the article: Working With People Who Commit Sexual Offences and Their Families

Know Your Law Quiz:

by Juliet Grayson, published in The Psychotherapist, Issue 60, Summer 2015 p13. This accompanies the article above.
Click here to read: Know Your Law Quiz
Click here to read: The Answers to Quiz

Andrew Smith’s article in June copy of Therapy Today

about Working with Sex Offenders, for therapists. Volume 26 Issue 5 June 2015 Page 10-14

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Letter to the Psychologist. A letter written by Juliet Grayson,  

published in the Psychologist, clarifying the current legal position for a therapist working in private practice (and in the NHS) around issues of mandatory reporting and the law about reporting a client who has committed a sexual offence. The Psychologist: Issue 28.3, March 2015
Click here to read the letter in The Psychologist

Therapists fear mandatory reporting with stop paedophiles seeking help

Press release from StopSO:  Date July 13th 2015 After PM interview

Cash seized from criminals will help stop child sexual abuse:  

Date: 14 January 2015 Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner, Ian Johnston, gave money to subsidise StopSO (to provide specialist training for therapists and to subsidise therapy for sex offenders who cannot afford to pay for themselves), said: “Since being elected into office I have focussed strongly on working with numerous partners in the community such as StopSO on tackling crime and its root causes. Projects such as this one, which have rehabilitative qualities at their core, play a vital role in supporting offenders to break free from the cycle of reoffending. It’s important to note that every £1 invested in interventions saves £33 in tackling crime overall and these partnerships and initiatives which I fund and support assist me in developing approaches which ensure people in Gwent are less affected by crime.”


Psychological help for paedophiles reduces the numbers who go on to abuse children

Date: 8th December 2014  Press Release