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Structured Deferred Sentence


Local Authority area:

Aberdeen City

Primary Courts of relevance:

Aberdeen, Banff, Peterhead

All information provided by:

Aberdeen Community Justice Partnership

Aberdeen City Community Justice Information

Published: 23 April 2021

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Structured Deferred Sentence

Interventions suitable for

All ages (over 16).

Programme title and provider

Structured Deferred Sentence

Details of all Specific national or local scheme/intervention(s) available

Structured Deferred Sentences may be used post conviction but prior to sentencing. These can be offered creatively as an alternative to a Community Payback Order, or a custodial sentence. A non-Problem Solving Structured Deferred Sentence is likely, but not always, to be less intensive than the Problem Solving SDS but will still be a planned intervention aimed at reducing reoffending. This would be a reasonably high intensity intervention involving a social worker and support worker, aimed at further assessment of risk/needs/ responsivity, stabilisation, addressing basic needs, linking with wider support services, or to undertake specified pieces of work.

Possible outcomes

Reduced offending, improved access to services, increased stability.

Process for Assessment and/or inclusion in scheme/intervention

Criminal Justice Social Work Report.