Draft guideline on sentencing young people

Date: 11th March 2020
Category: Children in conflict with the law

Closing date: 21st August 2020

Scottish Sentencing Council has launched a public consultation on its draft guideline on the sentencing of young people.

Research conducted by the University of Edinburgh on behalf of the Scottish Sentencing Council concluded that there was compelling evidence that the brain does not fully mature until approximately 25-30 years old.

The draft guideline defines a young person as someone under 25. It suggests an increased emphasis on considering maturity, rehabilitation and referral to a Children’s Hearing for advice as to the treatment of the young person where possible. It also sets out details for appropriate sentences for young people, including that all other options must be considered before imposing custodial sentences.