Sex Offender Programme

Why offer a Sex Offender Treatment programme?

At One in Four we view the treatment of individuals who exhibit sexually harmful behaviour towards children as an essential child protection strategy. Children First, the national guidelines for the protection and welfare of children, recognises the need for perpetrators of sexual abuse to have access to appropriate treatment services.

International research shows that good community based treatment works and reduces the risk of re-offending. High quality treatment programmes must be provided both within the prison system and within the community.

One in Four is a member of NOTA and is represented on the Stop It Now steering committee.

How the programme works

Treatment is structured and centred around three modules: 1) life history; 2) offending beahviour and 3) positive living. The aim is to challenge the offender to understand the harm caused, to gain insight into the thoughts and behaviours which facilitated the abusive behaviour and to support them to build a lifestyle that keeps children safe.

How long does the programme last?

Treatment programmes last on average 18 months, followed by a two year after-care programme. We also offer a support group for those who support the perpetrator in ensuring that the cycle of offending ceases.

Getting on the programme

Referrals to Sex Offender Treatment programme are accepted from the HSE, the court system, self-referrals and from other voluntary agencies. At One in Four we welcome an inter-agency approach to the support and monitoring of sex offenders.

Clients are met initially to assess their suitability for the type of programme we run.  This can take one to ten meetings, and this part of the process is carried out in conjunction with the HSE.

Risk: we automatically notify the HSE child protection services when an offender engages with One in Four.

How much does the Sex Offender Treatment programme cost?

If you are referred through the HSE or court services those statutory bodies may provide payment. Approximately a third of our clients are self-referring.  There is no statutory funding for self-referrals. There is a cost per session .

Getting in touch:

If you call us as a self-referral, you will be passed on to speak to a member of the sex offender treatment team. Meeting take place in Dublin city centre but not at our main offices.  Telephone: 01 6624070, Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm

Contact Us

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