Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $300,000)
The Youth With Sexual Behavior Problems (YSBP) Program provides funding to support the development of effective treatment programs for youth with sexual behavior problems and their child victims and provide intervention and supervision services for the offending youth. The models to be developed include a multidisciplinary approach and provide intervention and supervision services for youth (ages 10-14) with sexual behavior problems, their child victims and their families.
The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Advocacy Center will implement the Sexual Behavior Problem Treatment, Education, Prevention and Support for Youth and Families (STEPS) project. This project aims to develop, implement and evaluate an effective community-based program designed to serve youth with sexual behavior problems (SBP), their child victims and families. Specifically, families in which intrafamilial abuse has occurred between youth ages 10-14 who have sexually offended against a younger child (or child with whom they have strong social ties) will be targeted by this comprehensive intervention. The proposed project will achieve this by 1) improving access to evidence-supported treatments for youth with SBP, their child victims and families; 2) providing interventions to reduce the incidence of and/or negative effects of SBP for youth and families; and 3) creating an infrastructure for a collaborated response for youth identified with SBP and their families, thereby raising the standard of care for the community.