Today a Brighton man, Kevin Hazelwood, was sentenced for raping a 9 year old girl while on probation for paedophile offences. What to do with people like this? Clearly the system is not working. As a psychiatrist, I am happy to offer an answer: give them an effective pharmaceutical treatment. No reason why not. It is not perfect, but is better than nothing - and that is what the probation service offers, more or less.
Medroxyprogesterone is a drug routinely given to girls for contraception. The Home Office offers a completely spurious case against hormonal treatment. But then government (and by this I mean the civil servants who increasingly can be seen to be driving policy) will never have anything that is not hammered out on its own anvil.