Lucy Faithfull Foundation Research Output

Supporting our child sexual abuse and sexual offender research

Where possible, our resources are free to download, and we want to continue to provide free information and research to help adults, parents and carers protect children from sexual abuse. However, as a charity we have limited funds available to research, develop and print materials and we welcome support from individuals. If you are interested in making a donation to help support our work please make a donation online.

Articles, book chapters and other published research and materials are listed on this page. Use the links below to jump to a section or scroll the page.

Sex offender assessment and treatment

Adult female sex offenders

Internet sex offenders

Public education

2013 Research with internet offenders

Initial research findings into the motivations, behaviour and actions of people who view indecent images of children (often referred to as child pornography) have been released by the Lucy Faithfull Foundation.

The qualitative research involved hearing from Internet Offenders in their own words about what prompted them to begin viewing indecent images of children; how their illegal behaviour developed over time; methods used to find and view images; potential strategies for desisting; and how they are managing this behaviour at present.

It is hoped the research will lead to the development and implementation of new strategies to tackle the global problem of indecent images of children, in particular to prevent the first viewing of child sexual abuse images.

Download and read the 'Research Briefing' - including recommendations for Government and others. 

Sex offender assessment and treatment

Case formulation: The dilemmas posed by child sex offenders
Sheath, M. (2010). In S. Corrie, & D.A. Lane (Eds.), Constructing Stories, Telling Tales: A Guide to Formulation in Applied Psychology (pp. 149-172). London, U.K: Karnak Books.

A community residential treatment approach for sexual abusers: A description of the Lucy Faithfull Foundation's Wolvercote Clinic and related projects
Eldridge, H., & Findlater, D. (2009). In A.R. Beech, L.A. Craig, & K.D. Browne, (Eds.), Assessment & Treatment of Sex Offenders: A Handbook (pp 349-366). Chichester, U.K.: Wiley Blackwell.

Thames Valley Sex Offender Groupwork Programme
Fisher, D., Eldridge, H. J., Still, J., & Faux, M. (2001). Home Office: London.

Patterns of sex offending and strategies for effective assessment and intervention
Eldridge, H. J. (2000). In C. Itzin (Ed.), Home Truths about Child Sexual Abuse.  London: Routledge.

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation's residential program for sexual offenders
Eldridge, H. J., & Wyre, R. (1998). In W.L. Marshall, S.M. Hudson, T. Ward, & Y.M. Fernandez (Eds.), Sourcebook of Treatment Programmes for Sexual Offenders (pp. 79– 92). New York: Plenum.

Therapist Guide for Maintaining Change: Relapse Prevention for Adult Male Perpetrators of Child Sexual Abuse
Eldridge, H. J. (1998). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Maintaining Change: A Personal Relapse Prevention Manual
Eldridge, H. J. (1998). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Sex offenders: A non-custodial approach
Eldridge, H. J. (1998). Journal of the Judicial Studies Board, 4, 6-7.

Apology and forgiveness in the context of the cycles of adult male sex offenders who abuse children
Eldridge H. J., & Still, J. (1995). In A.C. Salter (Ed.), Transforming Trauma: A Guide to Aid Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (pp. 131-158). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Confrontative work with sex offenders: Legitimised nonce-bashing?
Sheath, M. (1990). Probation Journal, 37, 159-162. doi: 10.1177/026455059003700402.

Breaking the circle
Eldridge, H. J. (1989). In Turner, J. (Ed.), Home Is Where The Hurt Is (pp. 117–126). Wellingborough, U.K.: Thorsons Publishing.

Adult female sex offenders

Lucy Faithfull Foundation Assessment and Intervention Programme for Women Who Sexually Abuse Children
Eldridge, H. J., Saradjian, J., Brotherston, S., & Ashfield, S. (unpublished). Available from The Lucy Faithfull Foundation, Bordesley Hall, The Holloway, Alvechurch, Birmingham, B48 7QA, UK.

New Life Manual
Eldridge, H. J., & Saradjian, J. (unpublished). Available from The Lucy Faithfull Foundation, Bordesley Hall, The Holloway, Alvechurch, Birmingham, B48 7QA, UK.

The use of online technology in the offence processes of female child molesters
Elliott, I. A., & Ashfield, S. A. (submitted). Journal of Sexual Aggression.

Assessing female child molesters' motivations and cognitions
Elliott, I. A., Beech, A. R., Eldridge, H. J., & Ashfield, S. (submitted). In B.K. Schwartz (Ed.), The Sex Offender (Vol. 7). New York: Civic Research Institute. Due for publication 2011.

Working with female sexual abusers: Therapeutic process issues
Ashfield, S., Brotherston, S., Eldridge, H. E., & Elliott, I. A. (2010). In T.A. Gannon, & F. Cortoni (Eds.), Sexual Offenders: Theory, Assessment, and Treatment (pp. 161-180). Chichester, U.K.: Wiley Blackwell.

Potential static, dynamic, protective and treatment factors in the clinical histories of female sex offenders
Elliott, I. A., Eldridge, H. E., Ashfield, S., & Beech, A. R. (2010). Journal of Family Violence, 25, 595-602. doi: 10.1007/s10896-010-9322-8.

Assessment of women who sexually abuse children
Eldridge, H. J., Elliott, I. A., & Ashfield, S. (2009). In M.C. Calder (Ed.), Sexual Abuse Assessments (pp. 213-227). Lyme Regis, U.K.: Russell House.

Replacing the function of abusive behaviors for the offender: remaking relapse prevention in working with women who sexually abuse children
Eldridge, H. J., & Saradjian, J. (2000). In D.R. Laws, S.M. Hudson, & T. Ward (Eds.), Remaking Relapse Prevention (pp. 402 –426). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Barbara's story: A mother who sexually abused
Eldridge, H. J. (1993). In M. Elliott (Ed.), Female Sexual Abuse of Children: The Ultimate Taboo. Harlow, U.K.: Longman.

Working with female sexual offenders: therapeutic process
Ashfield, S., Brotherston, S., Eldridge, H., Elliott, I. (2010) Working with female sexual offenders: therapeutic process issues in Gannon, T., Cortoni, F. (eds) Female Sexual Offenders.  Wiley-Blackwell

Internet sex offenders

Online behaviour related to child sexual abuse
Quayle, E., Allegro, S., Hutton, L., Sheath, M., Lööf, L.: (2012). Online behaviour related to child sexual abuse. Creating a private space in which to offend – Interviews with online child sex offenders. Council of the Baltic Sea States, Stockholm: ROBERT project.

A review of e-safety remote computer monitoring for U.K. sex offenders (practice report)
Elliott, I. A., Findlater, D., & Hughes, T. (2010). Journal of Sexual Aggression, 16, 237-248. doi: 10.1080/13552601003686870.

Understanding online child pornography use: Applying sexual offense theory to internet offenders
Elliott, I. A., & Beech, A. R. (2009). Aggression & Violent Behavior, 14, 180-193. doi: 10.1016/j.avb.2009.03.002.

Psychological profiles of Internet sexual offenders: Comparisons with contact sexual offenders
Elliott, I. A., Beech, A. R., Mandeville-Norden, R., & Hayes, E. (2009). Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 21, 76–92. doi: 10.1177/1079063208326929.

The Internet and child sexual offending: A criminological review
Beech, A. R., Elliott, I. A., Birgden, A., & Findlater, D. (2008). Aggression & Violent Behavior, 13, 216–228. doi: 10.1016/j.avb.2008.03.007.

Public education

Keeping the Public in Public Protection - A report on two pilot community education campaigns for the prevention of child sexual abuse