Marvin’s childhood was shaped by neglect, male dominance, aggression, poor role modelling, confrontation, a lack of boundaries and unproven sexual abuse.
Marvin (not his real name or image,) who has a diagnosis of mild-moderate learning disability, displayed overtly sexualised behaviour towards younger children from a young age, behaviours that intensified and became entrenched by the age of 12.
Marvin’s Index Offence is sexual assault against a 19-year-old female. Photos of her, along with other children, were found on his camera.
He has a history of abusive, oppositional, violent and destructive behaviours, along with destruction of property, control behaviours, intimidation of others, racial abuse, invasion of personal space and screaming.
Before being supported by Dimensions, Marvin was being restrained on a regular basis due to his aggression and violence towards people within his vicinity, including the support team around him at the time.
Where is Marvin now?
Dimensions supported Marvin between September 2013 and May 2019 by which time his forensic risks had reduced enough for him to be supported through a less specialist approach.
He volunteers for a number of charities, plays in a local cricket team and successfully cares for a number of pets. He has a wide range of casual friendships and is well known in his town – everyone knows him, and for the right reasons.
Reduction of support levels
Marvin started on a package of 273 hours a week with 7 sleep ins. This was down to just 112 hours (with 7 sleep ins) when we transferred support to another provider. We were able to virtually halve the cost of his support over 6 years.
- Marvin has been supported to manage his behaviours more appropriately and the team no longer require training in PRO-ACT-SCIPr-UK.
- Through our relational support Marvin grew more confident with meeting people and developed a wider network of friends in his life. This bolstered his self-esteem.
- These new social opportunities also gave him a chance to learn more about norms of socially acceptable behaviour and skills in forming relationships.
- This self-confidence and interest in others bolstered his ability to cope with his emotions.
- Increased resilience in the face of rejection by his family means Marvin withdrew from support less and became better at controlling his anger.
- He got better at coping with difficult emotions and became more open and honest with staff especially around feelings of anger and disappointment.
- He has been able to be part of his community without support for short periods
- He has a positive relationship with his former foster carer