Sentencing young people guideline

As well as there being specific statutory arrangements in place, sentencing of younger people often requires a more individualistic approach, taking into account the particular personal characteristics of the young person concerned. For example, depending on the age and maturity of the young person, their culpability in relation to the offence might be lower than that of an adult.

In addition, we recognise that many young people who have committed offences have experience of trauma, including higher than average experience of traumatic bereavement, and we will consider how that should be taken into account in sentencing.

Please note, the consultation on this sentencing guideline has now closed. 

 

Currently at stage: 4

Publications


April 2017

Sentencing of young people conference report

April 2019
Current sentencing practice and knowledge on youth offending  (Research carried out by Rocket Science UK Ltd)

December 2019
Paper exploring public perceptions of youth offending and sentencing published

February 2020
The development of cognitive and emotional maturity in adolescents and its relevance in judicial contexts (Research carried out by University of Edinburgh)

 

Consultation documents

Draft sentencing young people guideline

Consultation paper

Draft impact assessment