The ROSAC is a structured professional guide to help professionals assess the risk a sexual abuser poses to a particular child and under what circumstances, if any, the abuser might safely be allowed contact with the child.
It is designed to be used by:
Typical situations in which the ROSAC may be helpful are:
The ROSAC is composed of 30 items that are empirically or theoretically linked to sexual reoffending, and are each coded on a 3-point scale. The items focus on key considerations about the sexual abuser, child at potential risk, and primary caregiver.
The ROSAC Manual includes a step-by-step method for helping professionals make these important risk of sexual harm decisions. The manual includes worksheets for documenting the decision making process.
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The ROSAC is an indispensable research-based measure for evaluators, caseworkers, and supervisors for use in complex risk of sexual abuse [harm] cases. It is a structured decision making tool that can significantly advance the way social workers, probation officers, and other professionals think about risk assessment and sexual recidivism in their practice, such that they can effectively engage in safety planning to target known static and dynamic factors. In Vermont, and nationally, the ROSAC is beginning to be used consistently as part of case consultation.