Our partner University of the West of England represented 2PS project at ATSA Conference 2023



2PS speeches at ATSA Conference

Professor Kieran McCartan, from the University of the West of England, gave two speeches on behalf of 2PS project at the 42nd annual ATSA Conference, held in Colorado – USA.

Firstly, he presented the 2PS project giving an overview of the work we are carrying out to prevent child sexual abuse. Indeed, the overview included the presentation of our key actions and main goals to protect children. Read the Project Overview page to have a full comprehension of the project.

Secondly, Professor Kieran McCarten talked about “Current practices in the assessment, treatment and management of people convicted of a sexual offence in Europe“. The presentation introduced the research carried out by the Confederation of European Probation (CEP) about the mentioned topic. The research ran across October 2021 into August 2022, collecting surveys from 24 countries and regional members of CEP.

Within his intervention, Professor McCarten highlighted the existing interlink between the research and the 2PS project. Indeed, the research’s results will provide fundamental information to design proper training curricula for different targets.

2PS project is working to enhancing prevention actions by developing training materials for LEAs and frontline staff. Surveys results complement our ongoing practices review and widening activities, led by University of the West of England.

Moreover, he presented the “Classification criteria for child sexual abuse and exploitation prevention programmes“, which also completes the current practices review in 2PS.


ATSA Association

ATSA stands for The Association for the Treatment and Prevention of Sexual Abuse.

Specifically, its origins date back to the early 1980s, when a group of Oregon treatment providers, researchers, and other practitioners began meeting each month to discuss assessment methods and treatment options for sexually aggressive adults in Oregon State Hospital and other institutions. From these monthly meetings emerged a shared desire to develop practice standards for evaluating and treating sexual abusers. At that time, no such standards existed.

Today, ATSA’s mission is to make society safer by preventing sexual abuse. To achieve that, ATSA supports and promotes research, effective practice, informed policy, and comprehensive prevention strategies.

More information can be found on the official website.



ATSA Conference 2023

The goal of the 42nd ATSA Conference is to advance the knowledge and skills of professionals providing services in the field of sexual abuse.

The sessions presented current and relevant research exploring the implications for its use in clinical intervention, proactive intervention techniques, and the implementation of solutions to advance sexual abuse treatment, management, and prevention.

More information can be found on the official webpage.