Legislative and Policy Frameworks on Sex Offender Risk Management

Anne‐Marie McAlinden

in 'Grooming' and the Sexual Abuse of Children

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199583720
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191758263 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology

Legislative and Policy Frameworks on Sex Offender Risk Management

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This chapter argues that legislative and policy frameworks which have been designed to address sexual grooming in England and Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland can be viewed as the pinnacle of regulatory initiatives which are designed to pre-emptively govern the risks posed by sexual offenders. It highlights the broad trends within criminal justice policies on sex offending as well as the variations and nuances which are embedded within local, international, historical, and cultural contexts. Although there are many points of policy convergence, there are also subtle differences in regulatory approaches to sex offending between these jurisdictions. Various explanations for these key policy differences are explored, including ‘policy transfer’ and differing political economies. The chapter also provides an overview of the historical and political relationships between the respective legal systems and traditions in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Keywords: risk; regulation; governance; policy convergence; policy transfer; political economies; risk management; MAPPA

Chapter.  12190 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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