Online Training Event: December 16th 2020: 9.00am – 12.00pm

This online training opportunity is hosted by the NOTA North West and the NOTA Wales/Cymru Branches – brings together perspectives of Understanding and Managing Technology Assisted Harmful Sexual Behaviour from those working with Children and Young people and Adults in various worldwide settings.

Abstract and Bios

Catherine Garrington – University of Canberra, Australia,  Are there differences between contact and I/CAM offenders?

Men who commit sexual offences are a varied population with different offence types and risk factors. General offending and sexual offence specific risk assessment tools abound, though with limited application for online Internet Child Abuse Material (I/CAM) offenders. I/CAM offenders exist in an online world, positing questions as to whether they are indeed different from the Contact Offender (CO) population. Key variables have been identified that may indicate clinically and/or statistically significant differences between I/CAM and CO populations. The cumulative effect of key variable contributes to the discussions of case prioritisation, case management and treatment of the I/CAM population. 

Biography: Catherine Garrington, BSc (Hons), is a registered psychologist and psychology supervisor who has facilitated group and individual treatment for violent and sexual offenders in prison and community corrections settings for over ten years. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Canberra, Australia, researching and proposing a new risk assessment tool for the Internet Child Abuse Material (I/CAM) offender population.


Rhiannon Lewis – Forensic Psychologist Caswell Clinic/ Clinig Caswell Bridgend/ Penybont – Children demonstrating technology-assisted harmful sexual behaviours (TA-HSB)

Abstract – A presentation to outline some of the evidence-base relating to children’s propensity to harm and be harmed, through means of the internet and digital media. The presentation will discuss how this small evidence-base can be translated into assessment, intervention and risk / prevention management plans for these children, whilst also holding compassionate consideration to their vulnerabilities and needs. Question and answer opportunity to follow.

Bio – Rhiannon is a forensic psychologist currently working in a secure forensic adult mental health service. Prior to this, she was a service practitioner at Barnardo’s Better Futures Cymru working with children demonstrating sexualised behaviours.

Within this role, Rhiannon had a particular interest in children’s use of technology and how this may facilitate them causing sexual harm to others or being at increased risk of sexual harm themselves. In 2018, she had a literature review in this area published in the Journal of Aggression and Violent Behavior. She has also presented at numerous conferences and consulted to multi-agency professional groups, on the application of this literature into practice based on her experience at Barnardo’s.

Rhiannon’s professional qualifications include BSc degree in Psychology, a MSc master’s degree in Forensic Psychology and a PgDip practitioner qualification as a Forensic Psychologist. 

Police officers who work within MOSOVO, Management of Sexual Offenders and Violent Offenders

The officers will provide an overview of Offender Management, in particular with those individuals who commit online offences. Police Inspector Gill Cherry-  26 years police service, 4 years as  Staff Officer to Chief Constable Skeer, NPCC lead for the Management of Sexual Offenders and Violent Offenders. Detective Constable Lyndsey Mitchell- 24 years police service, 5 years as an Offender Manager within the MOSOVO team, Cumbria Constabulary.





This is an online training course delivered via Zoom. Delegates will be sent full joining instructions before the event.