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Structured Deferred Sentence (SDS)

Last updated: 2nd July 2024


A structured deferred sentence is a flexible intervention providing structured social work support for individuals post-conviction but prior to sentencing. They can be used for people who have offended with underlying issues that might be addressed through social work and/or multi-agency intervention. At the end of the period of intervention, the court retains the discretion to pass sentence in any manner that would have been appropriate at the time of conviction, but with the benefit of information from the supervising officer in relation to the period of deferral.

Further Information:

This is currently a 12-month pilot delivered alongside South Lan Council. North Division Airdrie Social Work Locality 01236-757000. Cumbernauld Social Locality 01236-638700. Coatbridge Social Work Locality 01236-622100. South Division: Wishaw Social Work Locality 01698-348200. Motherwell Social Work Locality 01698 332100. Bellshill Social Work Locality 01698-346666.