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Structured Deferred Sentence


Local Authority area:

South Ayrshire

Primary Courts of relevance:

Ayr and Kilmarnock

All information provided by:

South Ayrshire Community Justice Partnership (Community Justice Ayrshire Partnership)

South Ayrshire Community Justice Information

Published: 15 November 2022

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Structured Deferred Sentence

Interventions suitable for

Males & females with offending needs

Programme Title and Provider

Structured Deferred Sentence

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

SDS is targeted at individuals who have a low to medium risk/needs rating (LSCMi) with regards to reoffending. This disposal targets individuals who have an identifiable need which could be explored and addressed through a six-month intervention. All types of low-level offending behaviour will be considered.

Possible Outcomes

A reduction in the risk of reoffending behaviour. When an SDS is imposed staff measure 5 areas of change which is revisited when the disposal nears it’s end. This is a subjective tool which measures areas of offending behaviour, substance misuse, connections, health and lifestyle.

Process for Assessment and/or inclusion in scheme/intervention

At the CJSWR report writing stage a screening is undertaken to establish whether or not the individual meets the criteria. If the criteria is met then an action plan is established at this time and outlined within this section of the report.

If the intervention is imposed a report will be submitted to Court after three months and a completion report after six months. Interventions are identified and delivered by staff on a bespoke basis as identified need at the screening stage can change considerably following the formation of a positive relationship with named worker.