There have been growing levels of awareness of harmful sexual behaviour among children and young people. In this podcast, psychology journalist, Jo Carlowe interviews Professor Kieran McCartan, Professor of Criminology, and Dr Anna Markham, Forensic Psychologist and Acting Clinical Lead for the Child and Adolescent Harmful Behaviour Service. Together they consider what might predispose a young person to harming sexually, what are the warning signs, and what it means to go beyond criminal justice to a public health approach.
Professor Kieran McCartan is a Professor in Criminology at UWE, an Adjunct Associate Professor in Criminology at Queensland University of Technology and a Visiting Research fellow at the University of Huddersfield. Kieran is currently the also the leader of the Social Science Research Group (2013 – ongoing) and joint coordinator of the Sexual Violence Research Network (2014 – ongoing) at UWE. Professor McCartan has a track record of researching, publishing and presenting on the sex offender register, sex offender disclosure, Public Health Approaches to preventing sexual abuse, sex offender reintegration and management as well as the related public/practitioner/policy debates on these issues. He is the international Member of the ATSA executive board and Communications and media representative on the NOTA executive board.
Dr Anna Markham is a Forensic Psychologist specialising in the assessment and treatment of children and their families. Anna is currently the Acting Clinical Lead for an NHS service for children who display harmful sexual behaviour and her clinical experience has been in CAMHS services across a range of settings including youth custody services, alternative education settings, community parenting programmes for children who are at risk of care or custody and those who are in contact with the youth justice system. Anna is also a Teaching Fellow and Placement Coordinator on the Forensic Psychology Practice Doctorate at the University of Birmingham involving teaching and examining student clinical practice. Anna undertakes independent research; most recently publishing a systematic review of Multi Systemic Therapy and is currently involved in a 3 year evaluation of the Circles of Support and Accountability Youth Project. Anna is an active member of the Workforce Development Council at the Youth Justice Board.