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Special workshop makes city safe

Robin Wilson, Deborah Cheung, Katrina Holz, David Prescott (front) Yvonne Pert, Ockert Farquharson, Kathy Prentice and Patricia Gorman (back) attend the assessment, treatment and risk management of persons who sexually offend workshop at The Purple Door.
Robin Wilson, Deborah Cheung, Katrina Holz, David Prescott (front) Yvonne Pert, Ockert Farquharson, Kathy Prentice and Patricia Gorman (back) attend the assessment, treatment and risk management of persons who sexually offend workshop at The Purple Door. Max Fleet

TWO United States experts have made the trip to Bundaberg to be a part of a five-day workshop organised by Phoenix House about working with people who sexually offend.

Phoenix House director Kathy Prentice said she had invited facilitators David Prescott and Robin J Wilson to speak to the Bundaberg community, based on their prominent work in the states.

“The focus was on the community management of people who have committed sexual offences and how we work together to make Bundaberg a safer community,” Ms Prentice said.

Ms Prentice said yesterday’s session was the best received, with about 20 people in attendance from the Bundaberg and Maryborough police service, probation and community members.

“We have had excellent feedback – it was definitely worth organising,” she said.

The workshops included discussions on special groups of offenders (intellectually-disabled sexual offenders, women and juveniles), victim issues, and restorative justice approaches.

The sessions focused on understanding the main issues with working with people who have sexually offended.



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