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No One Is Disposable: Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA)

Video depicts Circles of Support and Accountability, a world renowned sex offender reintegration scheme employed by correctional jurisdictions in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe. Steps and advice on how to establish a CoSA are included.

Clare Ann Ruth-Heffelbower: Returning Sex Offenders to Useful Lives
“Restorative Justice and Sexual Offenders”. How to return sex offenders to a healthy life as contributing members of society. Recorded Friday August 30, 2013 in Los Angeles.

Circles of Support and Accountability (Part 1 of 2)
This video is the property of the Canadian Correctional Service.

Yorkshire and Humberside Circles of Support and Accountability
The Guardian Small Charity Awards 2013 – winner’s promotional video.

2013 Community Volunteer Program Award: Circles of Support and Accountability

Circles of Support and Accountability
Susan Love explained the Circles of Support and Accountability organization during CTV Morning Live’s special on the sexual abuse of children. CoSA assists individuals who have served a prison sentence for a sentence offence in their effort to re-enter society.

Sacro Circles of Support and Accountability
Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA) is a model of intervention that assists in the monitoring and community re-integration of certain high risk individuals who commit sexual offences. Each Circle is made up of volunteers from the community. These volunteers are in direct contact with the core member and are trained and supported by professionals. CoSA complements existing public protection arrangements and provides a supportive environment to address the social and practical needs of the core member. Circles also monitor behaviour and add another layer of protection to statutory arrangements.

What if… We could rehabilitate sex offenders?

· Does rehabilitation stop reoffending?
· How does it work?
· How do we know it will be successful?
· What are the alternatives?
· Why do we need to rehabilitate?

The issue of whether sex offenders can be effectively rehabilitated and not reoffend has been an on-going matter of debate. Many researchers argue it cannot be done. But new research has found that psychological treatment for sexual offenders can work and those offenders who show more improvement in treatment are less likely to re-offend. So how does it work? Why is rehabilitation a viable option and what are the alternatives?