Learning from a service designed to assess men who pose a sexual risk, and help professionals make decisions about keeping children safe
Assessing the Risk Protecting the Child (ARPC) was our service for families of men who pose a sexual risk to children, but are not in the criminal justice system. Over several sessions, our practitioners carried out a three part assessment of:
- the risk the man may have posed to the child or children in the family
- the capacity of the children’s protective parent or carer to protect them from the risk (this could be the man’s current or former partner, or another family member) and
- the views and wishes of the child or children about seeing the man. Following the assessment, we provided the professional who referred the family to ARPC with a report, including recommendations about the actions they needed to take to keep the children in the family safe.
ARPC was delivered at nine NSPCC service centres from 2011-16. Our final evaluation of the service integrates what we learned from earlier qualitative evaluations, looking at the views of the families using the service and the social workers who referred them, with new survey results and data about what happens to families after the assessments were completed.
Following a strategic review of programmes and resources, we’re no longer taking referrals for ARPC. However, we’re sharing the learning from the final evaluation of ARPC, as it will be helpful to others delivering this type of service.