Risk of Sexual Violence Protocol (RSVP) - Study published
A real world study of the reliability, validity and utility of a structured professional judgement instrument in the assessment and management of sexual offenders in South East Scotland. The study was jointly part funded by the RMA and the Forensic Network.
Authors: Rajan Darjee, Katharine Russell, Lauren Forrest, Erica Milton, Valerie Savoie, Emily Baron, Jamie Kirkland & Stewart Stobie
The Risk for Sexual Violence Protocol (RSVP; Hart, Kropp, & Laws; Klaver, Logan, & Watt, 2003) is a Structured Professional Judgment (SPJ) instrument for the assessment and management of individuals considered to pose a risk of sexual violence. It is widely used in Scotland in criminal justice and forensic mental health settings, particularly for more complex or concerning cases. However there have been very few studies on the reliability, predictive validity and utility of the RSVP. In the Risk Management Authority’s (RMA) Risk Assessment Tools Evaluation Directory (RATED; Risk Management Authority Scotland, 2015) the RSVP is assessed as ‘awaiting validation’.
The current study was of 109 individuals considered to pose a risk of sexual violence who were assessed using the RSVP by the Sex Offender Liaison Service (SOLS), based in Edinburgh, between 2006 and 2013, and then prospectively followed up for an average of 3 ¼ years.
The study is an important contribution to the evidence base in Scotland and is available below and in the sexual offending research section.