Mentor’s Dr Joe Sullivan will be presenting at the Children’s Justice Conference in Bellevue, WA, April 11-12, 2017. This is the 25th annual conference organised by the Children’s Justice Task Force.

Dr Sullivan will run sessions on Working with Partners and Families and Women Who Offer Sex with Their Children, which is delivered in two parts.

Working with Partners and Families – April 11th, 09:45-11:45

Assessing the partners of suspected or convicted sex offenders poses specific and significant challenges: managing complex relationships, balancing competing responsibilities and handling associated risks are just some of the issues faced by social workers and other professionals working in the field of child sexual exploitation. This course draws on over 30 years’ experience in undertaking partner assessments as well as highlighting current research, to provide participants with unique insights and practical tools.

Topics covered include:
• An integrated model for understanding child sexual exploitation.
• Is denial inevitable?
• Tactics used by offenders to manipulate and silence partners and professionals.
• How much do partners really know – the continuum of awareness.
• Why some parents choose their partner over their children.
• Safeguarding Assessments – what should they look for?
• Implications for all the children.
• How professionals can manage the abusive dynamic.
• Is family reunification possible?
• Protective partner programs.

Women Who Offer Sex with Their Children – April 11th, 1:30-3pm (Part I of II) and 3.15-4.45pm (Part II of II)
Professionals often struggle to understand why some women will collaborate with the sexual abuse of their children to maintain their relationship with a man who is sexually interested in their children. This case study explores the issues for women who make this choice. Using video of a forensic interview with a mother convicted of sexual crimes involving her child, this presentation outlines the investigation and analyses the woman’s account. The presenters will highlight how behavior analysis techniques can help in the interview process to maximize the engagement of the subject.

Click here for more information about the conference.

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