When sentencing a young person, courts should take into account their addiction issues, any adverse childhood experiences, any experiences of being in care, family background, caring responsibilities, mental health and wellbeing, additional support needs, ethnic background (particularly if the young person is from a BME group), financial circumstances (including work status/experience of poverty), living in areas of deprivation, age and maturity.

Date:
11 Feb 2020 and also on: justice crime sentence courts minimum age
Level:
Recommendation
Subject:
Justice
Agreement:
-
Notes:

SYP’s findings from ‘Sentencing Young People’ consultation workshop with the Scottish Sentencing Council at SYP70 [October 2019]