SAB and PSB workers

An orientation manual for those newly employed in the SAB or PBS sector.  Designed to set the scene before your formal training begins.

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G01 - How to use these guides

These guides are designed to provide insight into what is required for your work – a roadmap’ to the topics, or areas of the work that you should understand and will become proficient in over time. They are not meant to provide the training you will need for your work.

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G02 - SABTS system

It is now over 10 years since our SABTS system was legislated through the Therapeutic Treatment Order approach. What we have today strives to meet regulation, approaches similarity between therapists and agencies, and approaches best practice.

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G03 - History of SABTS - The fourth wave

‘The Fourth Wave’ is a paper written by Carolyn Worth in the mid-2000s in which she sets out the history of the establishment of SABTS in Victoria. The version presented here is somewhat modified from the original.

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G04 - Therapeutic treatment issues: departmental perspective overview

In 2004, the Victorian Law Reform Commission highlighted the need for an improved response to children and young people with Sexually Abusive Behaviours. The Commission concluded that neither the criminal justice system nor the Child Protection system responded adequately to young people who engaged in SABs.

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G05 - Therapeutic Treatment Orders: 15 – under 18 year olds

All SABTS services who currently work with 10-14 year olds under the Therapeutic Treatment Order (TTO) legislated framework should be working with older clients aged 15-under 18 years, under TTO legislation.

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G06 - Potential exclusionary issues for TTO response: youth 15 – 18 years

There is a level of concern amongst the SABTS providers about commencing work with the older age group. Some of this concern regards diverting older youth from the criminal justice system for what are often quite serious crimes, with other concerns stemming mainly from issues of age – what does treating older adolescents bring to the table?

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G07 - Assessment and treatment for SABs – an overview

When we discuss assessment and treatment of Sexually Abusive Behaviours (SABs) we are talking about the process of working therapeutically with a client from the time they enter our service system to the time they leave us, in order to equip them to manage the behaviours.

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G08 - Risk Assessment of youth who engage in SABs: An overview

The SABTS system focuses on youth aged from 10 years to under 18 years (in process as of February 2018). However, in practice, the majority of services across Victoria also work with youth under 10 years of age. Based on the age of criminal responsibility in Victoria (and in Australia), the following language categories are used - Children aged up to under 10 years of age: Problem Sexual Behaviour (PSB), Youth aged 10 years through to under 18 years: Sexually Abusive Behaviours (SABs).

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G09 - Assessment – The ERASOR

The Estimate of Risk of Adolescent Sexual Offense Recidivism, Version 2.0 (ERASOR) is designed to assist evaluators to estimate the risk of a sexual re-offense for individuals aged 12-18 who have previously committed a sexual assault.

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