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Structured Deferred Sentence (SDS)

Last updated: 2nd July 2024

Description:

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 JusticeServicesAirdrie@northlan.gov.uk 01236-757000. Cumbernauld Social Locality JusticeServicesCumb@northlan.gov.uk 01236-638700. Coatbridge Social Work Locality JusticeServicesCBridge@northlan.gov.uk 01236-622100. South Division: Wishaw Social Work Locality JusticeServicesWish@northlan.gov.uk 01698-348200. Motherwell Social Work Locality JusticeServicesMwell@northlan.gov.uk 01698 332100. Bellshill Social Work Locality JusticeServicesBells@northlan.gov.uk 01698-346666.